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I’m switching my attentions to chub on a small river. What sort of features should I look for to catch a few from?
ALook for either a smooth run down the river clear of snags, a swim with a crease, or one offering an undercut far or near bank. A crease is the best of the lot, as this is where the main flow meets a slack area of water, creating a distinct line on the surface between the two areas. A crease washes natural food in the flow past the slack where chub will line up, ready to nip out and pick off a meal. Undercut banks provide the chub with somewhere to hide away and come out to feed before retreating back to safety. A long straight run will have most of the flow and also most of the natural food being carried down on the current. This lends itself best to floatfishing rather than the lead.
UNDERCUT BANK Chub love cover where they can ambush waterborne prey as well as that falling into the swim from above. SMOOTH RUN Most of the natural food is concentrated here, and carried down the current. Trotting a float will bring plenty of bites from chub. CREASE OR SLACK? A crease collects food and conveys it down to the slack where chub await their next meal before nipping back.