How to bal­ance your tackle for more bites and fewer lost fish

Rods, reels and lines must all work to­gether in per­fect har­mony

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INCE I launched my new float and rig/ hook­length lines, I’ve been in­un­dated with ques­tions from an­glers about which lines they should use for what.

There is clearly a lot of con­fu­sion out there and it’s hardly sur­pris­ing as there are so many vari­ables when it comes to choos­ing the right tackle.

This week I’m go­ing to take you through my thoughts on the sub­ject and ex­plain how I go about bal­anc­ing my tackle to give me the best pos­si­ble chances to first, get fish to take the hook­bait, and then man­age to land them even in sit­u­a­tions which might seem heav­ily loaded in favour of the fish es­cap­ing.

Hope­fully, af­ter you’ve read it,

Syou will be able to achieve big­ger weights.


One of the big­gest prob­lems fac­ing the gen­eral coarse an­gler is that there is no in­dus­try stan­dard when it comes to buy­ing float rods.

Quite why this is the case, I’m not sure as carp rods have test curve rat­ings and fly rods have AFTM rat­ings so that you al­ways use the right lines and don’t over­load (or un­der­load) the blank.

All we get on float rods is some com­pa­nies putting line strengths on the un­der­side of the rod.

In my opin­ion, many of th­ese aren’t very ac­cu­rate so then we have an­other prob­lem fac­ing the an­gler.


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