DAVE’S GUIDE TO DEEP WA­TER RIGS

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

LONG RUN AT RIVER SPEED – DH NO1 BOLO

THIS is a float to run through when there is a steady pace on the river and I’m fish­ing at dis­tance, 20-30 me­tres down­stream.

As a gen­eral guide, use 1g of ca­pac­ity for ev­ery 3ft of depth. In strong winds, go heav­ier.

Shot with an olivette around 2ft from the hook and a No6 or No4 shot 10ins from the hook. You do need to shot the hol­low in­sert down so that only half (or less) is show­ing above the sur­face.

Main­line is nor­mally 0.16mm to 0.20mm, de­pend­ing on species and hook­length.

FAST FLOW, HOLD­ING BACK – DH NO2 BOLO

THE body-up shape of this one al­lows the float to be held back against the flow, mak­ing it ideal for use in faster­paced swims.

With this one, use 1g of ca­pac­ity for ev­ery 2ft to 3ft of depth, so you might end up us­ing a 6g float in 12ft of wa­ter if it gives you the right con­trol.

Again, main­lines of 0.16mm to 0.20mm are my choice for this pat­tern, with hook­lengths to suit the species I’m catch­ing.

BIG FISH, FAST WA­TER, LONG RUNS – DH NO3 BOLO

WHEN chub and bar­bel are on the cards I use this float, with a much thicker, more vis­i­ble bris­tle than the No1 and No2 pat­terns.

You can hold it back hard against the flow. I fish it with the bail-arm closed, back­wind­ing the rig down the swim.

Mostly I use just an olivette as the bulk weight. This is po­si­tioned around 2ft from the hook with no drop­per shot on the hook­length at all – a size 12 hook with three or four mag­gots on board is all you need.

Main­lines for this one are usu­ally 0.20mm or even 0.22mm.

SLOW, DEEP RIVERS – DH NO4 BOLO (1G TO 4G)

I DE­VEL­OPED this float last sea­son and it’s al­ready be­come a big favourite with an­glers fish­ing slow-mov­ing, deep rivers. This one starts at just 1g, which is the equiv­a­lent of five No4 shots and is per­fect for achiev­ing ‘Bolo-style’ pre­sen­ta­tion in depths of 5ft to 6ft.

This is a light line float and I nor­mally use it with 0.14mm or 0.16mm main­lines.

Best shot­ting pat­tern for this one is an olivette and a sin­gle No8 shot po­si­tioned 10ins from the hook.

CLOSE-IN WORK – TRY AN AVON

MANY an­glers ask me why and when would I use an Avon type float in­stead of a Bolo pat­tern?

The an­swer is, when there is a lot of pace and depth close in.

Get into the habit of us­ing Bolo floats for dis­tance and Avons for close work, as the Avon shape and de­sign is bet­ter for hold­ing back and eas­ing through in swims 10ft to 15ft out, or just past your rod end.

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