When the float is circulating in the river

Where the current of the river changes direction, and water circulates in place, a lot of fish are kept there, however, they are very difficult to catch. John Bailey will tell you how to fish with a constantly moving bait pulled by a float.
Fishing with a float in the river is extremely exciting. If only that is why, that any place can be fished in many ways. I could easily list and describe at least ten different methods here, however, I will limit myself to my favorite technique, namely for fishing in circulating water. Detriment, that so far only few colleagues have liked this method. Fishing in circulating water with a float rig is one of the most effective ways to catch almost all species of river fish. This is a bit like fishing with the bait on the bottom, however, the circulating set penetrates a much larger area. The float must be quite large. The ground is set to this depth, so that the bait and sinker freely reach the bottom. The bait, however, never stays in one place for too long. It circulates slowly over the bottom, because the floating float is constantly dragging her behind him. This method does require some practice, however, it is very effective. We will need a fairly long rod, at least 4 meters long, and you fish quite close to the shore, the ideal location is a quiet bend in the river with slowly circulating water between one and three meters deep. The ground is always set a little larger than the actual depth of the fishery (it depends on the speed of the current and the depth at the site). Circulating water lifts the float, which pulls the bait, and she, in turn, moves above the bottom and actively searches for fish. The float is attached to the line in two points (top and bottom). We keep the rod raised all the time, so that the line between the tip and the float is always slightly taut. If the float stops in some place, we let it lie on the water for half or even a whole minute, and then lift the rig slightly upwards and let the float circulate again in the water stream. The bites are usually very visible. They are easy to distinguish from the hook on the bottom, because then the float goes into the water very slowly.

Clean bottom

Large feather floats and Avon floats work very well in the described method. The size of the float depends only on the depth of the fishery. The bait is mostly white worms, Cases or the flesh of bread kneaded on a hook. He is attracted to very small bait balls, throwing them slightly against the stream.
Active fishing in slowly circulating water is most effective in autumn and winter, when the first frosts and the increased water level had already cleared the bottom of the fishery of rotting water vegetation. This method works perfectly well, when the bottom of the river bend is perfectly clear. Only then can you count on success. Fishing on the pass, even in circulating water, always causes a lot of difficulties. False bites are the worst. When fishing near the bottom, the hook catches on plant debris, twigs, roots and disappears under water after a while. However, after a few accusations, the fishery is known quite accurately, you can also get your bearings, which places you should pay special attention to. Nevertheless, the float disappears from time to time from the smooth surface of the water, and that drives me every time, to the tremor of the atria of the heart. I'm pretty sure it's a hook, because the float hides too slowly under the water, and yet I stutter.

Each unnecessary jam causes anxiety in the fishery and scares the fish, and this should be avoided at all costs. Too many unnecessary jams, that fish run away from such a place. So how do you fish? There are only two possibilities: only cut certain bites or react with a jam, without too much thought each time the float sinks. I am a supporter of the first method.

Every tenth objection

Another problem, who always torments me by the water, Set up a big bait and wait to catch a big fish? Do you opt for a little bait, catch as many fish as possible and hope, that some larger art will be among them? Perhaps the best solution is to change the size of the bait from time to time. I am doing the following: nine times I cast the rod with the little bait on the hook, while every tenth cast fish with a much larger bait. It is hard to believe, but I usually catch the biggest fish on every tenth cast of the rod.

It is much more difficult to make a different decision – consistently fish in the same spot when nothing is catching, or change the fishery frequently? There are a lot of reasons, so as not to change the selected place once. If I do not have bites - I explain to myself, that perhaps there are no fish in the fishery at this point by chance, and it is not said, that a few meters away or past the next bend in the river, I'll have great bites. Sometimes a change of fishery is successful, In most cases – However, no. Often the angler is convinced, that he would do better, when he stays in the chosen place. After all, he is tempted to do so, to attract fish, and if they are already in the hunting ground – to encourage them to forage. I stay in the chosen fishery, if I have even a hint of hope, that in this place I will catch some fish. While waiting for bites, I do everything, to provoke the fish to feed. Get it, even the slightest bite strengthens my conviction, that it would be better to stay there and let the float circle the river for a while longer.

Fishing in bends with circulating water, the descent of the line is controlled by the index finger (like when fishing with a classic midwife). Each time you hold down (A) the float is placed obliquely on the surface, and the bait rises to the bottom. After taking your finger off the reel spool (B) The float again begins to circulate freely along the bend of the river. The distance between the float and the 'bottom weight' must be slightly greater than the actual depth of the fishery.

Floats for fishing in bends with circulating water. From left: modern "Crystal Avon" for clear water; "Loafer" for strong current and heavier lures; Avon balsa float; a simple stick float for calm water; "Wire Stern Stick" float for troubled water current.

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  1. It happens that the floats lie in the water and, despite good weighting, still behave badly. Maybe someone will be helped by something like that then you have to wipe the line with ordinary dishwashing liquid, it can probably be dirty and therefore the float can lie in the water and not stand. Many people on fish throw away a good float because they think that it is damaged, and it happens that the fault of the line, or rather dirt on it. This is also worth remembering.

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