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To prove the point just sit behind a good match angler and watch him work his swim.He wont be swopping and changing his rigs/float or using newly designed end tackle. But what he will be doing is constanly varying the depth of his float,the positioning of the shot on the line,the speed he trots the swim or if ledgering changing the length of his hook length.Not only will he do this untill he is catching fish but he will carry on "fine tunning" to see if he can increase his catch rate.At no stage will he feel the need to add bits of shrink tube, rig tube,extra beads etc!

 

Specialist rigs are developed for special situations.For every thing else just stick to the basics.

And thats my "non indicative opinion"!

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To prove the point just sit behind a good match angler and watch him work his swim.He wont be swopping and changing his rigs/float or using newly designed end tackle. But what he will be doing is constanly varying the depth of his float,the positioning of the shot on the line,the speed he trots the swim or if ledgering changing the length of his hook length.Not only will he do this untill he is catching fish but he will carry on "fine tunning" to see if he can increase his catch rate.At no stage will he feel the need to add bits of shrink tube, rig tube,extra beads etc!

 

Specialist rigs are developed for special situations.For every thing else just stick to the basics.

 

Totally agree but rivers have changed in the last few years if you had'nt noticed, there are bigger fish to be had even on matches, carp.tench.barbel to name a few.

f you look back the eversham festival last year was won with 1 barbel at 11lb odd, the guy who caught it is a good friend of mine charlie hauge he stuck to his guns and beat all the top match anglers.

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Severn and Gozzer have got it spot on...longer hooklenghths will do the trick WHEN YOU CAN USE THEM.

 

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As others said, for a small clear river, just use a hook with perhaps a swan shot or two, or maybe less, dependent on flow. If I need one swan shot or less, I pinch it straight on the line over some silicone tube to protect it. Any more than a swan shot and I use a simple link ledger.

 

Sometimes I mix these rigs around, eg I've had success with two swan shot directly on the line, and one BB on a link ledger!

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anderoo

 

i have fished for barbel on a small clear river,heres my rig i came up with,

i used an 2oz in-line lead(korda),no tubing,around two to 3 feet up the line i have a float stop and either a small 10z inline or a drilled bullet held in place with another float stop,a fixed backlead (a safe one).at times depending on flow i was getting away with 2 or 3 swan shot instead of a lead or bullet,when you plae rig you must slacken offf and allow teh backlead to settle then slowly tighten up you will feel teh backlead before the ,main lead.

 

lazy way really you could always stalk em!

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Sounds a bit too complicated for my taste Russell. :unsure:

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nothing complicated about it mate,personally i think barbel arent that hard to catch even when they have been spooked.

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nothing complicated about it mate,personally i think barbel arent that hard to catch even when they have been spooked.

 

I'll just stick to my link leger, swan shot on line, free line baits, trotting or laying on tactics.

If you get the right day, barbel will pull your rod in, at other times, all you will get is just a slight indication or a tremble on the line. Like most fish, there are easy days and hard days. I have stood on a bridge and watched barbel settle on a bait, reject it, and the angler knew nothing about it.

Angling is more than just catching fish, if it wasn't it would just be called 'catching'......... John

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Thanks for the rig tips folks. Having spent most of my fishing life in Norfolk, these little fast rivers are relatively new to me. I can't wait to get out there and try some stuff out.

 

What brand of bite alarm should I use (a camo pattern, obviously) - and what's the 'in' boilie at the moment? :P:P

 

Don't worry. I own a floppy hat and I'm not afraid to wear it. B)

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