Dave Harrell reveals the tricks to catching more silvers from deeper rivers
Try my Bolo approaches this autumn for bigger silverfish catches…
MANY anglers seem to struggle when they are faced with tackling deep river swims.
The main reason, in my opinion, is not having the right gear to cope with depths, so this week we’re looking at the gear you should use for swims where you find 8ft to 15ft of water in front of you.
The perfect length rod for a given depth is one that’s about three feet longer than the depth of the water – so, to give an example, for an 11ft deep swim, a 14ft rod is just perfect.
For 12ft of depth a 15ft rod is the choice, and for depths over this I use a 17ft take-apart or a 20ft telescopic model.
Whichever rod you choose, you need to take into account what species and size of fish you are targeting on the day.
If you’re in a situation where you want to swing in decent-sized fish an ultra-soft tip section might not be right, so always try to match the action of the rod to the fish you’re catching.
Once you’ve got the right length rod, you need to consider which floats and sizes to use, and what mainlines to team them with. You might be targeting roach in some swims, chub and barbel in others.
I currently use four different Bolo float patterns for fishing well out in the river, and an Avon design for close-in work…
DAVE Harrell is recognised as one of the country’s best-ever river anglers. He has fished for England at World and European level and now runs his own tackle company. For more information go to: www.daveharrellangling.com
QUICK TIP – RIGS ON WINDERS
IT’S a good idea to store Bolo and Avon rigs on winders. It will save you a lot of time on the bank. I make mine up on 6ft of line with a loop in the end. This is joined to the mainline loop-to-loop, only the loops are bigger than on hooklengths.
Once the loops are joined, carefully slide the float up the line so that the loops end up underneath the float.
The float is now on the mainline with no chance of getting snagged in the eyes on the rod.
A cracking roach to the Bolo from a deep river swim.