TAC­TICS

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Weir pool swims vary. This swim is a bit un­usual, as it’s fac­ing the white wa­ter com­ing over the weir, with the main flow com­ing to­wards it, then run­ning from right to left.

It can be tricky to de­cide which part of a weir pool to fish first, but my ad­vice is to start in the main flow head­ing out of the pool, as a lot of fish will gather in the well-oxy­genated wa­ter, tak­ing ad­van­tage of any nat­u­ral food that passes through. You should then ex­plore the deeper holes or back ed­dies as the ses­sion un­folds.

I like to start short, work­ing my way out and down the main flow if and when the bites dry up. The gravel bot­tom of the faster run in this pool can be reached with just two sec­tions of pole, and I use a rig that just touches the bot­tom in the deeper part of the run.

I will loose­feed a pinch of cast­ers ev­ery trot, sup­ple­mented by a pinch of hemp ev­ery other trot, to try to at­tract a few fish.

Bait­ing with a sin­gle caster on the hook, I use the tip of the pole to con­trol the length of line that runs to the float, aim­ing to run the float through with the flow. At the head of this swim, the bait is about 10 cm overdepth, but will start to trip bot­tom as it works its way down to deeper wa­ter. You need to get used to the ar­eas of the swim, in or­der to hold the rig back so that it rides over the shal­lower ar­eas.

Ex­pect bites to come from any­where, as the fish are con­stantly on the move in weir pools. The creases, where the main flow meets back ed­dies, will wash loose­feed into other ar­eas of the weir pool, so it is well worth ex­plor­ing all of the pool.

In this swim, there is an over­hang­ing tree op­po­site me, where a back eddy runs back up to­wards a brick wall that forms the far bank, to­wards the head of the weir it­self. This is where the beauty of a pole

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