Dave Har­rell Float tips for bar­bel

You need to be pa­tient to catch bar­bel on the wag­gler, says Dave Har­rell!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

LAST week we looked at the gear you need to fish for bar­bel with top and bot­tom-at­tached floats.

While that is a great way to catch them, we’re of­ten faced with less than favourable con­di­tions, which means we have to do it a dif­fer­ent way in or­der to get the best from swims be­tween 3ft and 10ft deep.

The best con­di­tions for float­fish­ing on a river are when the wind is blow­ing up­stream... not too strongly, but enough to keep your reel line be­hind the float and al­low you to present your hookbait per­fectly to the bar­bel down be­low.

Un­for­tu­nately, we rarely seem to get those per­fect days and quite of­ten we are faced with a down­stream wind and, even worse, down­stream and into your bank. This can make the use of top and bot­tom-at­tached floats im­pos­si­ble, and you are con­stantly fight­ing the wind and un­able to keep a bow from form­ing in your line.

No self-re­spect­ing fish of any species will take a hookbait that is trav­el­ling through the swim faster than the speed of the cur­rent.

Another prob­lem we are fac­ing more and more th­ese days is low and very clear rivers. Un­less there is enough depth and pace to get the fish close to you, this results in them tak­ing up res­i­dence fur­ther out in the river and, un­less we’ve got the per­fect con­di­tions men­tioned ear­lier, there’s only one way to at­tack th­ese swims – with a wag­gler.

It’s no use try­ing to make light wag­glers work in th­ese sit­u­a­tions, though.

You need big floats in or­der to not only beat the con­di­tions, but also to cope with the 6lb and 7lb reel lines that are re­quired in or­der to land big fish.

Bar­bel like this are great to catch on float gear!

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