I’m switch­ing my at­ten­tions to chub on a small river. What sort of fea­tures should I look for to catch a few from?

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics - CHRIS FULLERTON, LINCS

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.

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