Dave Har­rell

How to take ad­van­tage of in­creased sil­ver­fish stocks this week­end

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

Whip up a roach frenzy

JUDG­ING by the num­ber of com­pa­nies now sell­ing long whips, it’s a style of fish­ing that’s be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar with an­glers all around the coun­try.

The rea­son for this up­surge in the pop­u­lar­ity of the style is all down to fish stocks.

Many of our rivers are as good as, or bet­ter than, they have ever been – and there are a lot of sil­ver fish like roach and dace to now go at.

It’s also a re­ally en­joy­able way to fish and if, like me, you com­pete in river com­pe­ti­tions, it’s a way to build a good weight very quickly.

My best-ever long whip weight was 114lb of dace from the River Wye at Here­ford, and I’ve had loads of weights be­tween 20lb and 60lb fish­ing this way.

If you’ve never tried it, I’d urge you to give it a go. We’re com­ing into a time when the lomg whip will work on a va­ri­ety of venues.

I can’t guar­an­tee you 114lb ev­ery time, but I can guar­an­tee you some very in­ter­est­ing fish­ing ses­sions ahead.


I know sev­eral good an­glers who swear by flick tips, but while I ad­mit that these do help in terms of be­ing able to cast out light rigs, the neg­a­tives out­weigh the pos­i­tives for me.

I pre­fer to re­move the No1 flick tip sec­tion and run elas­tic through the No2 and No3 sec­tions.

I have re­cently been ex­per­i­ment­ing with elas­tic just through one sec­tion, and for lighter elas­tics it’s worth do­ing it this way as it avoids hav­ing too much elas­tic com­ing out of the whip and lit­tle or no con­trol.


I use Daiwa Hy­dro­las­tic for all my long whip fish­ing. For big weights of good qual­ity dace and roach I use the Grey. For lighter work I use the White or the Blue. I use a wide bore PTFE bush in the end of the No2 sec­tion and an ad­juster bung in the No3 sec­tion to ten­sion the elas­tic to suit the sit­u­a­tion.


If there are a lot of fish present and bites are com­ing quickly, it’s of­ten ben­e­fi­cial to use a shorter length

and fish past the end of your whip, – but most of the time that’s a big mis­take.

For per­fect con­trol I find it much bet­ter to fish the rig on the same dis­tance as the end of the whip.

That way you will be able to run it much fur­ther down your swim and main­tain per­fect con­trol all the way.

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