Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

BAR­BEL love a warm, flooded river. In a rag­ing flow tac­tics are more akin to cod fish­ing but trust me, be­low the tur­bu­lence the fish will be feed­ing.

In such con­di­tions a big lump of paste wrapped around a boilie takes some beat­ing, a good back-up be­ing a lump of meat. I fish these on a size 4 or 5 Cryo­gen Grip­per hook and 3ft of 20lb Tung­sten Loaded coated braid. The rest of the tackle needs to be just as ro­bust, es­pe­cially if you’re us­ing 5oz to hold bot­tom. Lead­core is great in snaggy sit­u­a­tions – my favourite is 18lb Syn­cro XT.

Where, though, do you cast such tackle when faced with a mael­strom? Look for creases formed by bends, cat­tle drinks and cribs, as well as what I de­scribe as ‘glass wa­ter’. This is a calm sec­tion amid the tur­bu­lence and will prob­a­bly in­di­cate a smooth gravel bot­tom.

Pro­vided the tem­per­a­ture is high, bar­bel will feed in clear con­di­tions just as en­thu­si­as­ti­cally as in a big flood. For this sce­nario mag­gots in a big feeder, cast reg­u­larly, can’t be beaten.

Come on… surely the thought of a rod hoop­ing over in the rests is enough to make you leave the sofa?

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