FIVE TOP TIPS FOR RIVER ROACH

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

TRY BREAD­PUNCH For roach, a 4mm to 6mm piece of punch on a size 18 or 16 hook can be a real win­ner. I use fine white crumb for feed but you can achieve the same re­sults with liq­uidised bread.

LONGER LINES ON POLE RIGS If pole gear is needed to present the hook­bait cor­rectly, try us­ing a longer-than-nor­mal line. I make up all my rigs the same length as my top five pole sec­tions, trimmed to suit.

STRAIGHT LEAD OR FEEDER? Bar­bel and chub as­so­ci­ate the splash of a feeder with food but know its po­ten­tial dan­ger af­ter be­ing caught a few times. That’s why we end up us­ing longer and longer hook­lengths when the river is run­ning clear. In these sit­u­a­tions a straight lead makes far less splash and can be fished over the same area where the feeder has been land­ing, so mix it up af­ter feed­ing the swim with a feeder for an hour or two.

EX­TRA LONG HOOK­LENGTHS If bites are hard to come by on the feeder or straight lead, try us­ing a hook­length of up to 6ft. Bar­bel, in par­tic­u­lar, are very wary in clear wa­ter and it can make a big dif­fer­ence.

TIME YOUR TRIPS When rivers are run­ning re­ally clear, the best times to fish are the first two and last two hours of a day. Ob­vi­ously, this doesn’t help match an­glers but for plea­sure fish­ing, try to plan your days to suit these times and you’ll prob­a­bly catch more in two hours than you will in five or six in the mid­dle of the day.

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