NEWS REPORTER CHRIS HAYDON:
“I would advise keeping your kit to a minimum when visiting the stretch at Kellaways, as you will then be able to move easily and cover more of the river.
“I bring a 12ft waggler rod and an Avon Quiver rod. This pretty much covers you for any situation you may face.
“Due to the snaggy nature of the swims I’d recommended reel lines no lighter than 4lb – chub love diving for snags and you never know when you may hook a barbel.”
“When going for a net of silvers you can’t beat hemp, casters and maggots. I stay clear of any groundbait unless the river is high and coloured.
“If going for the larger chub, bread is by far the best bait I have used – it’s cheap and easy for those quick evening sessions.
“A number of swims along the stretch are suited to trotting, and this is the best way to build a bag of silvers.
“For the chub and barbel a light feeder or straight lead is the best approach. Roving between swims is vital as the bigger fish will not hang around for long once they become aware of your presence. If you are after predatory species, roving with small jigs can be deadly for jack pike and perch.”