Thanks a bunch for mag­got tip!

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

I LOVE the fea­ture by the Guru Boys this week (pages 36/37).

It has some won­der­ful tips and in­no­va­tions for the on­set of cold weather and, worse still, clear­ing wa­ter this win­ter. The one I like best con­cerns im­prov­ing the qual­ity of bites by us­ing nat­u­ral baits. In as many words they ac­knowl­edge that many of the lit­tle pulls of­ten de­scribed as ‘line bites’ are in fact aborted bites or dropped baits. The con­cept of us­ing nat­u­ral baits in a way rarely seen – bunches of mag­gots for ex­am­ple – is bril­liant.

My ap­proach is dif­fer­ent: once I get bites, as dis­tinct from gen­uine lin­ers, I change to a wag­gler. I know it’s old fash­ioned but this long piece of pea­cock quill with a small body at the bot­tom – dot­ted down and fished as near to dead depth as pos­si­ble, some­times a cou­ple of inches off bot­tom – has caught me fish when noth­ing else would.

Mind you, I hadn’t thought of band­ing a bunch of dead mag­gots!

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