5 TOP RIVER ROACH TIPS

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - Dave Har­rell’s

1 You will get more bites fish­ing fine, so use hook­lengths be­tween 0.08mm and 0.12mm. Main­lines don’t need to be heavy ei­ther and I’d rec­om­mend you to use diameters around 0.14mm or 0.16mm.

2 Keep drip­ping in six to 10 bits of loose­feed ev­ery minute or so and you will soon cre­ate a food col­umn that roach can’t ig­nore or re­sist. 3 It can pay to in­tro­duce sev­eral big balls of ground­bait at the start of a pole fish­ing ses­sion. Top up with smaller balls. My favourite balling mix is Bait-Tech Pro Nat­u­ral with 25 per cent soil.

4 If the river is coloured, fish slack wa­ter close in and lay the bait on the bot­tom by at least 6ins. This works re­ally well when the river has been up for a while.

5 On cer­tain days it can pay to slow the pace at which your rig is mov­ing down the swim in or­der to get bites. This is very of­ten the case when big roach are the quarry.

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