Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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