ROACH BLOCKEND FEEDER RIG
ON SOME venues and under adverse conditions the feeder is the only sensible tactic, putting the hookbait close to your feed and giving good presentation at range.
Block end feeders packed with maggots work well on clear rivers for roach between 1oz and 1lb, fishing relatively light lines and small hooks. There’s a chance of bonus bream and chub too.
Roach bites on the feeder can sometimes be quite savage, so it is important to keep a tight line at all times and strike early.
Run the feeder on the mainline, stopping it with a bead or a couple of float stops above the hook link, and watch that tip like a hawk!
Mainlines don’t need to be over gunned and around 3lb is ideal in snag-free swims. For a hook link, begin with around 18ins of 2lb or 3lb line but if you’re missing a lot of bites, shorten this to 12ins or even less. If not much is happening, it may be that the fish are shying away from the feeder, and in this instance, doubling the length of the tail can make a difference.
Maggots really do take some beating for the hook. Bronze is favoured by many roach angers although reds and even fluoro pink grubs can also catch and have the handy knack of picking off bonus perch and skimmers too.
Start with a single maggot on a size 20 fine wire hook, upping that to two on a size 18 if bites are plentiful and quick in coming.
Although roach bites on the float are usually very delicate, bites on the feeder can be just the opposite, so always keep a hand on your rod. Maggot colour is a matter of choice – bronze, red, white, even fluoro pink.
Maggots make unbeatable hookbaits.