There are a lot of anglers that really try to scale down their mainline when waggler fishing so they can cast further, but I find this unnecessary. As I mentioned earlier, you are only looking to cast 35 yards at most on the majority of commercials and you can do that easily with 5lb or 6lb mainline. If I am fishing for a mixture of carp and F1s I will use a 0.13mm Preston Innovations Powerline hooklength, stepping up to 0.15mm if it is mainly carp. The hooklength is always 30cm long because I want the hookbait to look totally natural when falling through the water and light line helps that. I also have no shot on the line whatsoever, relying solely on the loaded waggler and the disc to get the float to sit how I want it. The float is held in place by two Preston Innovations Method feeder stops either side. Unlike float stops, these don’t slide at all so you can be confident your rig will stay at the depth you set it even after you have won a hard fought battle with a fish. The best hook by a mile for this type of fishing is a PR27, with a size 16 ideal for carp and an 18 for a mix of carp and F1s. Last but not least is the rod. I like to use something that is fairly soft in the tip or you will lose an awful lot of fish and I find that the 11ft Preston Innovations Monster Pellet Waggler is perfect.
Tommy prefers a rod with a soft tip, such as this 11ft Monster Pellet Waggler