Q&A Best pole for rivers

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

CAN you rec­om­mend me a no-non­sense all-round pole rig to catch big fish on rivers?

Dave McDon­ald, Worces­ter

YOU don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to get into the world of flat floats and pole feed­ers if you want to catch a few good fish from your lo­cal river. It’s more com­mon to use some­thing bor­rowed from a day on a com­mer­cial carp water to get the job done.

Bal­anced tackle is the im­por­tant fac­tor here. Use strong enough line and hooks to pre­vent break­age and a for­giv­ing elas­tic to stop the hook pulling – but with enough guts to keep hooked fish out of snags.

The float should also be big, as 99 times out of 100 you catch bream and tench by fish­ing with the bait pre­sented overdepth and held com­pletely still, per­haps run­ning it for a yard or two ev­ery now and then to see if the fish pre­fer a moving bait.

The rig (left) is an easy to tie set-up car­ry­ing a big round-bod­ied float that will let you hold back to keep the bait still but also run the hook­bait a lit­tle.

Shot­ting couldn’t be sim­pler, with a large olivette mak­ing up most of the weight, fin­ished off with a few very pos­i­tive large drop­per shot.

On to the hook can go a worm, three or four mag­gots or, if your water re­sponds to them, a large hard pel­let. Feed­ing is at­tack­ing, with a bom­bard­ment of sticky ground­bait at the start packed with chopped worm, cast­ers, dead mag­gots and a few grains of sweet­corn.

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