Trent And Mersey Canal Fishing


Whether you use correction fluid or a little sleeve, it’s well worth marking the exact depth onto your pole. This way, should you want to come shallower or move overdepth, you can always return to your starting depth.


Creating perfect rigs for various uses is essential preparation for any pole angler. Shop-bought rigs are a useful starting point, but it is well worth tying your own to get things spot-on for your own preferences.

Q Pole tip to float tip

The rig is attached with a simple loop knot. The distance between pole tip and float is important. The shorter it is, the closer control you have and the quicker you can hit bites with a quick lift. A sensible general optimum length is around 18″ (45cm). If you are missing bites, try shortening the rig to make the gap smaller. If you are accidentally dragging the rig about or wind is interfering, a longer gap is sensible.

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The size and type of pole float you pick will vary according to conditions, but a good general rule is to use about O.lg per foot of water.

For a rig used to fish down the central track of a canal in 5ft of water, for example, a pole float carrying ().5g of weight would be adequate. If conditions are rough, a heavier float tends to give better control so you might well scale up.

How you distribute shot has a critical effect on presentation. A number of small, evenly-spaced shot will give a slow fall of the bait, ideal for fishing ‘on the drop’ for fish like roach and rudd. For bigger fish, a bulk shot pattern (shot clustered together in one single ‘bulk’) is more useful, as pictured here, which will take the bait down quickly to the bottom. You’ll get more positive bites by positioning a bulk of shot not too far offbottom generally 14-16in (35-40cm) is fine.

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