How do I get results when fishing with a quivertip?
I STRUGGLE to see bites on a quivertip, and often get chewed maggots. What can I do?
Jim Rolfe, Chorley, Lancs
USING the lightest tip possible will give you the best chance of spotting delicate knocks from roach and bream. These tips are usually made out of glass fibre, compared to stiffer tops that tend to be of carbon.
Start with a 1oz tip and only step it up if, when the rig is cast into the swim, the tip is bent round too much by tow or wind to show bites. For flat-calm conditions you can get away with as fine a tip as your rod comes with.
Tension the tip to leave just a slight bend in it, giving fish plenty of opportunity to pull it right round.
Many anglers use a paternoster set-up for bream but a running loop (if fishery rules allow) is better as this is a self-hooking rig. Give the bite time to develop. Ignore the knocks and plucks and wait for a positive pull round on the tip before striking.
Set the tip with just a slight tension. The only time it should show a curve like this is when a fish has taken the bait and pulled it right round!