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Deep River Depth /Feature Finding

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  • Deep River Depth /Feature Finding

    Just wondering how other anglers approach this,Ive always found it difficult to explore the different contours or find the deeper spots of a river bed when the water is flowing fast.
    Anyone willing to share their ideas on it?Im feeder fishing with Braid and 70gm large open ended feeders (homemade jobs)
    Bob.

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    Hi Bob
    The only way I have ever done this is similar to how the carp chaps do it, il throw a large lead with Braid, and reel back and feel for drops gullies etc, takes time but it gives you a fairly good idea.
    The other way is to use a fairly light tip rod 1lb t/c and a lead that only just hold bottom but this time use a floating line or well spayed up), cast out and let the lead drift (not too light a lead) keep the line from rod to lead fairly slack so you are not pulling the lead, but letting it find features for you, if it stops theres a snag or rock or weed, keep a feel on the line and watch the line on the water, you will feel it and see the floating line drop drop into holes, this is very important on the river Severn, as you need to locate the fish in holes the size of dustbin lids at times.
    If you can afford the time its best to do when you don't intend to fish, this gives you the time and a pen and paper to make notes and not being tempted to fish.
    River anglers Go with the flow.

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    • #3
      Thanks Rick,Good advice there.Ill try the lighter T/C rod next time, I didnt think of that nice one.

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      • #4
        Just allows you to feel and watch the tip to see what its telling you
        River anglers Go with the flow.

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        • #5
          I take it you 2 are back on Track & have a plan all Mapped out to have a days Fishing together ,when you go back ??
          Colin

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          • #6
            We where never off track lol, plus il go for a days fishin wi Bob anytime or meet in the pub for a pint.
            Although Bobs probably a bit scared of a whooping.

            From the Mrs
            River anglers Go with the flow.

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            • #7
              I'm Glad you added the last bit 😉
              How are you Both ?
              I don't suppose you have been fishing lately or intend to go anytime soon do you ?
              Colin

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bob Fott View Post
                Just wondering how other anglers approach this,Ive always found it difficult to explore the different contours or find the deeper spots of a river bed when the water is flowing fast.
                Anyone willing to share their ideas on it?Im feeder fishing with Braid and 70gm large open ended feeders (homemade jobs)
                Bob.
                A big Lobworm down the edge can produce - Banks, in fast water get very undercut so closer in, the better.

                Big fish (& not so big) often like to rest out of the Main Flow!!
                Last edited by martin56; 4th January 2018, 03:11 AM.
                [B]Fishin' Best Fun Ya' Can 'ave wi' Ya' Clothes On!![/B] And Can't do with sycophants!!.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by martin56 View Post
                  A big Lobworm down the edge can produce - Banks, in fast water get very undercut so closer in, the better.

                  Big fish (& not so big) often like to rest out of the Main Flow!!
                  It's ALWAYS worth exploring any slack water on a Fast River.
                  [B]Fishin' Best Fun Ya' Can 'ave wi' Ya' Clothes On!![/B] And Can't do with sycophants!!.

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                  • #10
                    Yes Col, went out last Satdy practicing the popped up bread punch and bomb
                    River anglers Go with the flow.

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                    • #11
                      Sorry to but in Rick b, but interested to know how you got on, as I am trying it out too, and may I say finding hard to locate the fish on our water.

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                      • #12
                        Really well mate, pm me so we don't hijack this thread
                        River anglers Go with the flow.

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                        • #13
                          You might I say Might "whoop" me on the bank but not in the pub.Ive had too much beer practice.LOL

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BIG COL View Post
                            I take it you 2 are back on Track & have a plan all Mapped out to have a days Fishing together ,when you go back ??
                            Just two passionate old farts letting rip Col,
                            Pardon the bum....I mean pun. sorry.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by martin56 View Post
                              It's ALWAYS worth exploring any slack water on a Fast River.
                              !00% Martin,My usual spot is flooded out at the minute,I cant even get within 100 yards of it the water is so high,so Im testing out accessible spots off the main flow but the problem is
                              Finding out where the original river bank starts and the flood water ends if you know what I mean.
                              I know the area quite well but the flood water plays tricks with your mental map of the area.

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