RIVER WAGGLER RIG
RIVER chub favour the cover of far-bank trees and bushes, which rules out the pole – a feeder will work but offers only a static bait, so on days when the fish want a moving meal, that only leaves the waggler.
Casting just off far-bank features and used alongside loosefed maggots, casters and hemp, chub can be coaxed out from underneath the trees and the float can be trotted way down the swim to pick off fish that may have backed off.
In pegs with little in the way of cover, you may be better off finding a run that offers even depth and steady flow. This will always attract chub waiting to pick off natural food washed along by the current. Shallow water, in particular, can be good for this as it will have a swift pace plus some slack areas that provide ambush points for the chub.
Should the swim be less than 4ft deep, a short, very buoyant float will be needed, such as a Specimen Waggler. This looks more like a pellet float designed for carp fishing on commercials. It will not be dragged under easily and can ride uneven currents.
For a standard deeper swim, look at a straight peacock waggler of between 3AAA and 4SSG, depending on the distance to be cast.