Q&A Best pole for rivers
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.