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The hair rig is piece of fishing tackle
Fishing tackle
Fishing tackle, is a general term that refers to the equipment used by fishermen when fishing. Almost any equipment or gear used for fishing can be called fishing tackle. Some examples are hooks, lines, sinkers, floats, rods, reels, baits, lures, spears, nets, gaffs, traps, waders and tackle...

 which allows a bait
Fishing bait
Fishing bait is any substance used to attract and catch fish, e.g. on the end of a fishing hook, or inside a fish trap. Traditionally, nightcrawlers, insects, and smaller bait fish have been used for this purpose...

 to be presented without sitting directly on the hook. It is mainly associated with boilies, but works effectively with most other baits as well. The hair rig became popular in the 1970s. It has been experimented with by English anglers and has revolutionised carp
Carp
Carp are various species of oily freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae, a very large group of fish native to Europe and Asia. The cypriniformes are traditionally grouped with the Characiformes, Siluriformes and Gymnotiformes to create the superorder Ostariophysi, since these groups have certain...

 fishing.

At the beginning, natural wire (from a ponytail) was used to link the bait to the hook. This is why it was called the 'hair rig'. This material was very discreet but it was a little fragile. The bait also didn't act in a sufficiently natural manner. In tests, the carp
Carp
Carp are various species of oily freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae, a very large group of fish native to Europe and Asia. The cypriniformes are traditionally grouped with the Characiformes, Siluriformes and Gymnotiformes to create the superorder Ostariophysi, since these groups have certain...

 only took the free offerings and left the hook bait. It was also a problem because fishermen sometimes lost their baits while they were casting. These problems have been solved with the appearance of braided thread
Braided fishing line
Braided line was one of the of earliest types of fishing line, and in its modern incarnations it is still very popular in some situations because of its high knot strength, lack of stretch, and great overall power in relation to its diameter...

, a new material that allows threads to be as discreet as natural ones but more resistant.