DAVE’S GUIDE TO DEEP WATER RIGS
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.