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I EX­PER­I­MENTED a few years ago with home-made pastes based around a gluten mix. These were largely shunned by an­glers, I be­lieve be­cause they tried them in sum­mer when ‘melt­ing’ pastes work bet­ter.

I used pea-sized pieces of gluten paste, coloured with veg­etable dye. The ‘se­cret’ was the base mix... in­stant mashed potato!

It ab­sorbs any flavour or colour well – Mar­mite is ter­rific in win­ter. The trick when us­ing gluten is not to over-knead it, so make sure you mix the colour and flavour into the potato/wa­ter mix be­fore adding the gluten and ‘fold­ing’ it in. The gluten then forms long strings that help su­per-soft baits stay on the hook.

Two tea­spoons of gluten pow­der to 8oz of dry potato was about right. Un­like cheese, the paste won’t har­den in the cold and fluffs up beau­ti­fully, cre­at­ing a flaky, ir­reg­u­lar out­line that leaks off a ‘haze’.

It costs very lit­tle to try it, and I rec­om­mend you do.

Weird baits work! See pages 22/23.

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