7 – TIGHT VER­SUS SLACK LINES

Angling Times (UK) - - UNDERWATER SPECIAL -

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.

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