Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

ROACH and dace cope well with fast cur­rents and are of­ten found in the fast water run-off. Pike won’t be far away ei­ther, es­pe­cially if there is a deep hole nearby at­tract­ing prey fish.

To catch the small fish a wag­gler or stick float is fine, find­ing a clean-bot­tomed run to trot the rig 50 or so yards down­stream of where you are stand­ing. Keep a steady stream of mag­gots, cast­ers or hemp go­ing in, around a dozen ev­ery trot. You’ll soon work out where the feed is hit­ting bot­tom as this will be where your bites start to come from.

On the hook go for sin­gle or dou­ble mag­got and set the float to just touch bot­tom as it runs down the peg.

Al­ter­na­tively, a small mag­got feeder will present a still bait if the pace and flow are too swift. This method can also pick up bonus fish such as chub or big perch.

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