How many drop­pers?

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HOW many drop­per shot should I place be­tween my olivette and hook­length when fish­ing for roach and skim­mers on a slow-flow­ing river?

Matt Han­ton, Horn­cas­tle

FOR roach and small skim­mers, hav­ing three or four drop­pers in be­tween will give the hook­bait a nat­u­ral fall in the fi­nal third of the swim, use­ful in this in­stance as roach and skim­mers of­ten feed off bot­tom, even on rivers. For big­ger bream, cut the drop­pers back to one as the fall of the bait isn’t so im­por­tant.

If you’re loose­feed­ing, a slower fall of the bait will catch, but if you throw in sev­eral balls of ground­bait at the start and then feed noth­ing, you want the bait to go straight to the bot­tom.

In this in­stance, drop­per shots will not mat­ter as much.

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