How to Make a Fixed Paternoster Rig

What differentiates the paternoster from link legers is that, whereas link legers have the lead on the main line above the hook, the paternoster is the opposite. They are weight-forward arrangements, with the hooklink above the lead. An example from modern carp fishing is the helicopter rig, designed for ultra-long casting with heavy leads. In this case, the distance from hooklink swivel to lead is usually shorter than the hooklink, but as it is a weight-forward arrangement it can be classed as belonging to the paternoster family.

When you have the problem of deep bottom weed or silt, the paternoster is a better solution, and far easier to cast than the sliding link. This will be incorporated with a free-running or semi-fixed hooklink several feet above the lead link, which again will be of lighter line than the main line in order to give the “rotten bottom” effect if necessary.

A semi-fixed hooklink can be created by connecting it to a run bead and plugging that to the lead swivel with silicon tubing, or by tying a stop knot and bead above the hooklink, effectively jamming it. A fish pulling hard enough can move the hooklink in both cases, hence the “semi-fixed” label. Semi-fixed links often give more positive bite indication.

As the paternoster is a more aerodynamic rig than the standard link arrangement, it is the one to choose when long casting is required, and as long-range fishing often carries with it extra difficulty in seeing and hooking bites efficiently, the rig usually incorporates fairly short fixed hooklinks of only a few inches, which encourage positive bites. The fixed short hooklink paternoster has become a standard approach for still-water bream and tench anglers. This would normally include a heavy lead of at least 2 oz (50 g), pulling the line as tight as possible and using a heavy butt indicator. For Stillwater bream especially, hooking on this arrangement is 100 per cent successful, most bites being sudden drops back of the indicator as a fish lifting the bait relaxes the tension in the tackle. The fixed hooklinks would normally be tied into the main line using water knots.

How to Make a Fixed Paternoster Rig

1. To make a fixed paternoster you will just require a leger weight or feeder, nylon monofilament and hooks.

2. Tie the hooklink the required distance from the main line, using a water knot.

3. Attach the leger weight, or feeder if you are using one, to the end of the main line.

4. Feeders can be used in a paternoster instead of a leger.

5. The completed rig, as step 3, with a feeder instead of a weight.

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