I Predict A Riot!

Summer river fishing can be very difficult at times; with stifling conditions and very low clear water levels, it’s not always as inviting as it can look. The fliers will often look after themselves, but there are times when, with a little bit of thought and preparation, you can be ready for the conditions you are faced with. It is never easy when approaching a very low summer river; it is almost inevitable that the fish won’t be that bothered about feeding all day, and with such bright conditions they will most certainly be out of the way, sulking. However, there are a number of ways in which you can give yourself a chance of catching one or two of those ‘game changing’ bonus fish from many swims.

Mapping out your swim is so important. The days where we’d turn up with a couple of float rods and a feeder rod are long gone, there are so many more ways to catch river fish now. By planning exactly where in your swim you feel you can catch fish, it will help you decide exactly what tactics to use where. The pole is a fantastic way to catch bonus fish for many reasons. People sometimes steer away from it as they worry about losing big fish. In fact, it can have the exact opposite effect. Guiding big fish away from snags and obstacles can be much easier with a 13m-plus pole and the correct ‘riot gear’ rigs and elastic rather than a 3.9m rod! There are also many other reasons why the pole is the best way to target bonus fish.

Pinpoint Accuracy

The major benefit of using a pole is that you can fish and feed in exactly the same spot. This can be very hard to do with a rod and line, even with line clips. The pole will help you reach spots where you cannot cast, under trees or tight to snags. It helps you to plumb up and find the contours on the bottom much more easily. Today I spent 15 minutes mapping out the bottom in my swim. I am directly below the weir at Seven Meadows in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the bottom is all over the place with deep holes, boulders in the swim and snags everywhere.