Pole position for silver fish
I am after a silver fish pole, no more than
8-9 metres. Can you recommend any? I’m looking to catch fish up to 2 lb.
QPaul Lovejoy, via email.
Dave Coster says…
Slim and lightweight silver fish poles are hard to find these days, because the market is nearly all about carp margin models, it seems. I could only find one possibility for you to look out for – the Daiwa Airity System Whip, at 8 m. This retails for £375 and comes with a flick tip and two top three hollow kits.
This type of whip can be used to-hand style with the flick tip, or broken down if you fit light elastics in the hollow top kits.
ACan you explain the best stop knot to use with slider floats? I ask because the knot I’ve been using doesn’t move very easily and tends to coil up the reel line when I do manage to reposition it.
QCharles Jackson, via email.
Dave Coster says… The best slider stop knot I have found is a very simple half-blood, but it’s important to use slightly thicker mono than your main line to form this, and not to put too many turns in the knot. If you use too fine a line it’s hard to get it to grip properly, so it requires more turns in the knot, which then makes it tricky to move the stop without kinking your main line. The ideal amount of turns in a stop knot is just three or four.
Always leave long tag ends so that the knot can be both tightened and so that it won’t travel through the base eye of the slider float being used. Generally, I find 4-5 lb line best for forming stop knots, although you could also use E-S-P Marker Gum. I also like to have a tiny bead running free on the main line between the float and the stop, which acts as a buffer, preventing any chance of the stop passing through the base eye of the float.
Then wrap a loose end around the main line and through the gum loop four times.
Slide the knot to the required distance that you want to set the float at, and pull the tag ends tight.
Form a loop, holding the main line between thumb and forefinger.
Moisten the line and pull the tag ends so that the knot grips the line slightly.