The helicopter rig gets its name from the rotational movement of the hooklink around the leader when the rig is cast out.
This spinning motion gives the set-up excellent anti-tangle properties because the hooklink is stretched out and cannot wrap itself around the leader.
Having the lead weight on the end of the line makes the presentation aerodynamic and is therefore a great choice when long casts are required. By adjusting the position of the top bead, you can also ensure that your hooklink is presented effectively over almost any type of lakebed.
HOW TO MAKE A HELICOPTER ARRANGEMENT
- Thread on a helicopter sleeve and then splice or tie a quick change clip on to the end of your leader. Attach your chosen lead to the clip
- Thread a small bead, your hooklink, a small section of 0.75mm silicone tubing and a second small bead on to the leader
- Wet with saliva and push top bead over the tubing. To ensure the rig is safe, the bead should be lose enough to be pushed off in the event of a crack off
- If you’re are fishing over thick silt, push the silicone tubing and top bead a few inches up the leader to allow the hooklink to settle on top of the silt
GREAT RIGS TO FISH ON A HELICOPTER PRESENTATION
THE CHOD RIG
This is a pop-up rig comprising a short, stiff hooklink. Setting the top bead at the depth of the weed or silt prevents the hookbait from becoming masked.
BOTTOM BAIT RIG
There’s often no need to use anything more complicated than a straightforward bottom bait rig. A hooklength length of 8in is reccomended.
FAKE CORN RIG
This set-up is perfect for fishing over a bed of corn and hemp or on its own with just a PVA bag of small pellets. Hair-rig the baits so that are tight to the hook.