l Sometimes you just have to believe that rivers can produce fish that you wouldn’t expect. l In the age of otters, barbel and chub have become masters of hide-and-seek. Sometimes it can take hours, days even, to find them. l The best barbel swims provide flow, food and ‘flight paths’. l Make sure that you pin your line to the riverbed, as barbel hate line in mid-water. l Pellets remain a top barbel bait, but don’t overfeed small river swims.