Tommy Pick­er­ing’s feeder tricks

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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.

TOMMY PICK­ER­ING’S

N E W S E R I E S !

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