Best river swims for bream?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

WHERE­ABOUTS on a river should I head to catch bream? My lo­cal River An­cholme is fairly straight, with no far-bank cover and a uni­form depth.

Eddie Gilchrist, Brigg

FACED with a river boast­ing no ob­vi­ous fea­tures it can be hard to lo­cate the bream, but any area of­fer­ing a slightly swifter cur­rent than the norm, com­bined with a good depth of wa­ter down the mid­dle of the river, is worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The swifter pace will mean there is more oxy­gen in the wa­ter and more nat­u­ral food be­ing car­ried down on the cur­rent.

This is some­thing that early-sea­son bream are in­ter­ested in af­ter they’ve fin­ished spawn­ing.

Ar­eas ei­ther above or be­low locks and weirs are good, and the wider the swim, the bet­ter it will be as there’s the max­i­mum sur­face area of wa­ter on to which a rip­ple can form.

Avoid nar­row pegs even if they’ve got a good depth of wa­ter.

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