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What’s the best rig for catching barbel on natural baits, and more of your questions answered by our experts
FEEDER AND CONTENTS Go for a blockend feeder to use with hemp, maggots and casters, and fish just enough weight so that it holds bottom but can be dislodged easily when a fish takes the bait. LOOP To make the loop, trap a snaplink swivel in the loop and tie it off – the loop can be anything between 4ins and 10ins long. Having a float stop above the loop enables you to slide it down to shorten the loop in seconds and, as a rule, a shorter loop will result in more positive bites. HOOKLINK In keeping with the strong mainline, go for a hefty hooklink material of between 6lb and 8lb. A modern low-diameter line will result in more bites in clear water.