In colder weather few tactics are as re­li­able as a swim­feeder. Here are six set-ups to try on com­mer­cials and rivers now

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -


A METHOD feeder al­lows you to tuck a bait in­side a ball of feed and have both mixed to­gether once the feed breaks down in the wa­ter. It’s also a self-hook­ing rig.

Most fish­eries in­sist on a free-run­ning set-up. The feeder is threaded on to the main­line and stopped by a bead or stop above a short hook-length of around 4ins. Method feed­ers can be in­line or elas­ti­cated – a flatbed is the best shape. An in­line model works by hav­ing the line run­ning through the body, while an elas­ti­cated Method has heavy-duty pole elas­tic run­ning through the mid­dle and is ‘fixed’ to the line so it can­not move up and down. These are out­lawed on some fish­eries so check first.

A feeder of 15g-30g is fine, but go heav­ier when cast­ing to a far bank or an is­land. In this sit­u­a­tion, a bit more weight will be needed to stop the feeder rolling down into the deep wa­ter.

The beauty of a Method feeder is that the hook­bait and feed end up in the same place on the lakebed. Flatbed feed­ers al­ways land the right way up.

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