How long should my hair be???

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7 years 2 weeks ago #4909 by Stu
I think i may have my hair too long on my rigs can someone help please?
I have it about 2cm between the side off my 15mm boilie and the shank of my hook. Im dropping a few runs and i think this maybe the problem.
Anyone got any advice?

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7 years 2 weeks ago #4911 by jamMa
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Stu wrote: I think i may have my hair too long on my rigs can someone help please?
I have it about 2cm between the side off my 15mm boilie and the shank of my hook. Im dropping a few runs and i think this maybe the problem.
Anyone got any advice?


Try shortening it and see if you stop dropping as many runs. Everyones oppinion on hair length differs really it sounds to me like quite a long hair, yet I know people who fish hairs as long or longer.

Also i feel it depends on the size of your target fish, given that a larger carp would inhale a bait on a long hair much quicker and take the hook up with it quicker given his larger mouth, but a smaller carp could pick up the bait and know somethings up with it before its picked up the hook which can result in a pick up and miss or the hook only lightly catching.

Best way really is trial and error as factors like - personal preference, target fish size, bait and even venue can define how long you should be making your hair.

Also check with such a long hair that you're balancing the right hook with bait size. And also check how good the mechanics of the rig are functioning with the hair length (if the hook is turning when you pull it across your hand).

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7 years 2 weeks ago #4915 by Gavfish
Great post there Jamie ;) And agree completely. My hair is usually 10-15mm but i fish 12-15mm boilies and mostly 12s so have it quite short.
Had always thought about the size bait i am using but never thought about the size of the carp i am targeting and their mouths. <!-- s:idea: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_idea.gif" alt=":idea:" title="Idea" /><!-- s:idea: -->

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7 years 2 weeks ago #4922 by Stu
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Thanks for the feedback boys. Going to try with a slightly shorter lenth of hair after reading the advice and see if i have a better hooking ratio. <!-- s:idea: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_idea.gif" alt=":idea:" title="Idea" /><!-- s:idea: -->

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7 years 1 week ago #4947 by Jonnyrotten
i started fishin i used to hav a long hair but ended up shortening the because of to many drop offs on runs. i think short hairs mean a quicker hook up cause harder for carp to shed the bait without bein hooked.

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