Q&A How do I tie a roach feeder rig?
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PUTTING OTHER THINGS IN THE FEEDER
Along with maggots, it can be worthwhile adding other goodies such as a sprinkling of hemp, casters or even micro pellets if the roach are turned on to fishmeal. A smattering of groundbait can also add some clouding effect in clear water.
The rig works by having the roach pull against a blockend feeder to help hook it, so there’s no point using too small a weight. Use a feeder that is easy to fill and casts well but packs a hefty amount of lead to aid the hooking process. You’ll need feeders carrying up to 50g in weight.
Maggots! It’s worth trying to find out what colour other anglers catch on before making your choice, but a selection of colours and constant experimentation is the key. As a change, casters are handy and on waters where the rig might be out in the swim for a long time and small fish are a problem, fake maggots and casters are a godsend.
LENGTH OF TAIL
A long hooklength rather defeats the point of fishing with a bolt rig, as you want a fish picking the bait up to have the shortest length to pull before it feels the feeder, similar to how the Method feeder works for carp.
You may find during a session that you get knocks on the indicator but no fish, and that could mean the tail needs shortening.
THE BOLT RIG
Known as a helicopter rig because of the way the hooklength can rotate 360 degrees off the mainline, a classic roach maggot feeder bolt rig is easy to tie. It consists of the hooklength being trapped by two stops some 5ins-6ins above the feeder. A swivel is tied into the top of the link to reduce tangles and allow this rotoring motion, and by using float stops the distance the link is placed away from the feeder can be altered throughout the day.