Dai Gribble’s float and flake tac­tics

As our rivers hit hot early-win­ter form, Dai shows you his ways with a chubber

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RIGHT now our rivers are in per­fect nick for some long trot­ting – one of the most sat­is­fy­ing ways to catch chub at this time of year.

Although they love hid­ing in the snags and cover from trees, in lower wa­ter con­di­tions chub are just as likely to be found in mid-river, in­ter­cept­ing food items brought to them by the cur­rent.

Af­ter the dry sum­mer and au­tumn the base flow in most of our rivers is ex­tremely low, which means that even af­ter floods these rivers will quickly re­turn to nor­mal lev­els, giv­ing us per­fect con­di­tions for this tac­tic.

Trot­ting with a big float al­lows you to cover a lot of wa­ter in a rel­a­tively short time, which greatly in­creases your chances of lo­cat­ing chub.

Add in the fact that chub read­ily re­spond to a stream of bait go­ing in and the prospect of a day catch­ing a nice bag of these fish on the float is hard to re­sist.

One of the key skills to learn is how to con­trol the float, es­pe­cially if there’s a strong wind and chop on the wa­ter. I’ve found this is made much eas­ier if you use a longer rod.

Most match-style float rods are fine for this style of fish­ing and I favour a 13-footer for most of my river fish­ing on the float.

On larger rivers, a 15ft rod is even bet­ter for con­trol, but this has to be bal­anced against longer rods be­ing heav­ier and not quite so nice to use.

Trot­ting for chub makes a great change from leg­ering, and on the right day it can be ex­tremely pro­duc­tive. Give it a go and I’m cer­tain you’ll be back for more.

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