Line concealment is a massive part of carp fishing trying to avoid carp brushing into your lines and spooking off them is very important, see below my simple guide on how to fish the washing line method.

Fishing Washing Line Diagram

How It Works.

The washing line method revolves around suspending your line above the water until you get near your spot, which then runs down to the water where your rig is, keeping the majority of the line out of the water.

Casting a lead

Step 1.

Firstly you want to take your lead and cast across to the far bank or margin, wherever your chosen spot will be. Rest your rod high up and lose the drag enough that you can pull extra line if need be.

Elastic Band Around A Bank Stick

Step 2.

Wrap an elastic band around the top of a bank stick quite a few times until it’s relatively tight, walk around to where you cast your lead and stick the bank stick into the ground near the edge of the water.

Loop on your rig

Step 3.

Find the lead you cast over and loop on your rig, for this, I like to use a quick change swivel with a crook as you can loop the rig on easily.


Chucking your rig out to the spot

Step 4.

Creep down to the spot you have decided to fish and flick your rig out, this method is best used in fishing margin spots close to the bank. If you want to go a bit further out you can use a bank stick or a landing net pole to swing your bait a bit further.

Looping on washing line

Step 5.

Fold the line into a loop and tuck that up underneath the elastic band, this should hold in place if you are fishing quite close in and the weather isn’t windy.


Locking reed stem for washing line method

Step 6.

If you’re fishing further out or there is a bit of wind it is a good idea to take a bit of grass or reed stem and tuck that underneath the loop which will lock it in place, should you get a fish it will still pull the line out from the elastic band.


How To Fish The Washing Line Method

Step 7.

Tighten your line right up out of the water and clip on a heavy bobbin, you are then all set up fishing quite a long way without having much line actually being in the water, so you’re less likely to spook the fish away 🙂


Bobbin falling slack from washing line method

Step 8.

The bite will be a drop back most of the time so it’s important to listen and check most indications. Once you get a bite you will want to tighten the drag and reel really quickly to catch up with the fish.


Birdlife at a park lake


I would avoid using this method if there is lots of birdlife on the lake as they can fly through the lines and cause havoc!


Mirror carp using washing line method


I have been using this method recently to great success, on certain lakes, fish can become super wary, any sort of tight lines the fish do not like it and they will spook off to other parts of the lake. But by utilising this method I have managed to catch some beautiful carp!


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