As the water temperatures rise and the colour drops out of rivers, it’s much easier to catch big bags of chub with float gear. The best swims are between 4ft and 6ft deep with a fair amount of pace and ideally running down to a feature of some sort. This could be overhanging trees, a tree stuck in the river or maybe a ford where the river shallows up. All these features are havens for chub so find a swim with them in and chances are you will be on for a red-letter day! Mainlines should be fairly robust and I use 4lb (0.16mm) or 5lb (0.18mm) in conjunction with hooklengths of 0.12mm (4.2lb) and 0.14mm (5.3lb). The best floats for these sorts of swims are my No.1 and No.2 Truncheon waggler designs. Shot these with most of the weight locking the float on to the line. With the No.1 Truncheon, fix a No.6 shot for every 2ft of depth. For the No.2, use a No.4 shot in the same way. A 6ft deep swim would therefore require only three shots down the line. Maggots are my number one choice in these situations and I’d take at least three to four pints for a day session.
You’ll need 3-4 pints of maggots for serious go at chub Look for swims with features when targeting chub