7 – TIGHT VERSUS SLACK LINES
One of the biggest debates centres around which is better – tight or slack lines? I’ve done hundreds of tests on this and, as a rule of thumb, tight lines generally give a better indication than slack ones.
The compromise is that they are much more visible to the fish, so we have to strike a balance. You would be amazed how far I can move a rig under water without getting any indication at the rod end, and sometimes this can be measured in metres rather than centimetres, depending on how the angler is fishing. The best starting point is that the closer in you are fishing, the slacker you can be.
Go a long way out into the pond, especially if there’s weed around, and you’ll need to tighten those lines up.