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