Tommy Pickering’s feeder tricks
FEEDER fishing is a great way to approach flowing water, especially if the flow (and the fish!) are over the other side.
However, you have to think carefully about your end tackle and what you do with it.
Gear which is too light will simply get washed away downstream, or else you’ll constantly be striking at false tip movements caused by the flow. Likewise, there is a danger of going over-gunned.
Here I’m going to show you how to balance your feeder rig perfectly to get the best from it on a river…
1 I like a plastic feeder (left) for plugging with groundbait for bream and barbel. I use a blockend feeder for maggots and worms.
2 Carry a variety of weighted feeders. You might need up to 3oz (90g) on some powerful venues, or when extra water comes in.
3 To add more weight to your feeder, a ‘dead cow’ weight like this does the job instantly. The ‘legs’ bend to allow you to attach it to the frame of a cage or plastic feeder.
4 Attach it near the base so it’s weight-forward when casting. You want to add sufficient weight to the feeder so that it just holds on the riverbed when it settles.
5 In a fast flow, leave the bail-arm open and pay out a bow in the line after casting. Close the bail-arm and let the tip bend. Drop-back bites occur as fish dislodge the feeder.
6 In a sluggish flow, balance the feeder weight so it just holds but the tip won’t bend as much. You can fish more directly without much bow, and bites will be positive pulls.
N E W S E R I E S !