Bread put to the Test
Vastly experienced Andy Little, a much-respected specimen fishing pioneer, returns to the Andy shares recent and past experiences to help you improve and land PBs.
IHAD just a few hours to spare the other day and I was in a bit of a dilemma as to where to go, so with no bait prepared, I raided the larder for half a loaf of my favourite Warburton's Toastie!
Sensing that the Avon and the Stour would be tough, I headed for Hampshire's River Test, where you can normally catch a few fish, and I found the river looking almost perfect for a trotting session.
To get a stable presentation, you need a decent-sized float, and I usually opt for an 8 or
10 g wire-stemmed Avon. Their buoyant bodies ride the fast current well and the wire stem adds stability, and yet they are still quite sensitive to shy fish.
I set up with 3 lb Maxima line with a micro swivel to attach a finer hook link and allow me to fish an olivette on the main line. I like the shape of the Drennan 'ollies', but the silicone sleeve through the middle has an annoying habit of pulling out while you’re fishing, and they are impossible to thread back in again.
To solve the problem, I tease the silicone out of the body of the olivette slightly, apply a tiny drop of superglue, then pull it back in again. I just have to remember to do this before they end up in my tackle box. On the plus side, the small amount of silicone sleeve that protrudes at the base of the olivette is perfect for wedging over the eye of the micro swivel.
With just a few slices of bread, I couldn't introduce any freebies, so it was down to the hook bait alone. I wrapped a fingernailsized piece of flake round the
An urban stretch of the River Test in its winter coat, as Andy hooks yet another species.36
No array of baits this time. I had half a loaf of wonderful Warburtons Toastie.
You need a stable float set-up on this powerful river. Big wire-stemmed Avons are Andy’s favourite.