A real favourite bodied trotter for fishing fast waters. This balsa float carries plenty of weight to help control the run through the swim. The buoyant body of this design helps to stop the float dipping as it runs through the swim. Best results are achieved when fished 'double rubber' style.
When trotting fast rivers there comes a time when even the largest stick float is not man enough for the job, this is when we need to look at the heavyweight family of trotting floats. Fishing the float in fast deep, powerful and turbulent rives can be a daunting prospect for many anglers. It can be hard work. However, if you are prepared to put in the effort they can, and often do, produce large bags of big fish. A powerful 11ft to 12ft long rod with an all through action and a test curve of 1-2lb is the tool for the job. You'll be surprised at how powerful fish are with the addition of a strong current. Main lines are normally 4lb to 8lb, depending on target species.
The Avon is at its best in depths over four feet, where the current is fast and fairly constant. It is an extremely versatile float allowing a bait, large or small, to be to be presented in many ways. A stick float in these conditions would not hold its line, being pulled continually out of position.
FISHING THE AVON FLOATS
As with all top and bottom floats, the ideal conditions would be an upstream wind, but even in a downstream wind it's still possible to trot using these floats. Putting on a bigger size will allow you to 'mend' the line without disturbing the float too much. You may not be able to fish out so far, but you will still be in control. Large trotting floats are traditionally set up with bulk shot 18 to 24 inches(45-60cms) from the hook, with two or three No.8's, No.6's or No.4's as droppers. Rather than your bulk shot being AAAs, it is better to use a string of BBs, as the smaller shot will not affected by the current and will cut through the water more easily. This shotting pattern is great when targeting Chub or Barbel using big baits such as a bunch of maggots, corn, worm of hair rigged meat or pellets. Most times when fishing fast water you will be using groundbait laced with samples of your hook bait, when your feed reaches the bottom it will trundle through the swim at a slower pace than the current above. Therefore, you will need to slow down the speed of the float so that the hook bait is behaving like the feed. This is done by controlling the speed of the line coming off the reel. With a centre pin reel this is easy as the reel will have an adjustable drag, but there are other ways. With a fixed-spool reel you can feather the line with you finger as it leaves the spool, alternatively you can point the rod up stream, trap the line with your finger then follow the float down at the required speed. To go further downstream release the line, move the rod back upstream, trap the line and follow the float down again. There is another really good method that top river anglers use to great effect, called back winding, but to be efficient at it you need to practice quite a lot. The speed the hook bait is going through the swim is the key to success, you need to balance the speed to the amount of shot required to keep the bait down. The more you want to slow the bait down, the nearer the bulk shot needs to be to the hook. You may also need to change to a larger float, adding additional bulk shot. A few runs through at different speeds will soon show at what speed the bites are most confident, don't be lazy, experiment! It only takes a minute to change the float or to add or subtract shot. When targeting fish using smaller baits, a minor change in shotting pattern can often be successful. Take the bulk shot, start 18 inches from the hook and spread it equally up to half the depth of the swim. remember to place one or two droppers between the bottom bulk shot and the hook. By loose feeding and gently holding back you will be able to search at different depths, making the bait rise and fall enticingly throughout your swim.
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