Just a little stock taking on what i’m unto at the minute. I’ve not produced many blog posts of late as a lot of my fishing has mainly been researching, practising and experimenting. So this post is just a little catch up really.
When it comes to my fishing I do take stock to what people say, advice and words of wisdom but for me experience has to play a part. Over the years I have pole fished paste a lot, in fact more then I ever thought I would, mainly to how difficult I found it to start off with. Getting the consistency correct, understand whats happening and it soon became clear every session is different. This is usually because of conditions, venue and species that i’m targeting on any particular day. Paste fishing is not just a carp technique, some of my best bags of skimmers and bream have come to paste. Each time a new issue arrises a solution or two soon follows. From perfect plumbing, less weight on the line to register how the paste is breaking down to large back shots or lead core behind the float to get around surface drift and present a static rig. With all this in mind, I have found that I personally prefer a pencil style pattern. This in my opinion offers less resistance to tow and surface activity yet keeps sensitivity at a high level for those shy bitting scaled beauties.
So, recently I have started fishing a slow to medium paced river that has a bit of depth to it. In most places a top 5 to even 6 to hand is needed. This is new to me so the first thing I did was to get some advice in the local shop. Never underestimate our shops, full of advice and help. (All be it you sometimes have to remember a grain of salt is needed and all that). I was told of a dozen locations to try and advised on depth. They suggested a gram and a half rugby ball shaped float and of I went.
Over the next few weeks and over a dozen trips to the Weaver under my belt I soon started to pull in my own experience and adapt to suit my needs. First thing to tackle was the depth. Second thing was the speed the water could pull through. Third thing was the target fish, on any day roach, dace and the like would be the staple with bream a possible target. I soon gave my rigs to a young lad and and found my own path. As things go this may sound daft but my paste fishing started to come into effect.
For the bream I needed a more static bait so control is an absolute must. I didn’t want a huge 2g style rig so I tried one of my paste patterns, a pencil style rig to about 0.6g and was pleased to see that with this smaller float I had about the same control as the larger pattern.
Rizov RF29 floats are my choice. Not a true pencil shape but perfect for what I want. I now use these at 3 sizes and it covers my needs completely. 1g, 1.5g and 2g.
These floats are long though so rig storage is the only draw back for me but thats my problem. The floats themselves are very well made (by hand), and the length is actually a bonus when fishing. It helps settle the rig, the long high viz orange fibre glass bristle allows me to fish how I want on the day. Dotting the tip down is as sensitive as I will ever need so bite registration is very good for such a large float. Another advantage of dotting most of the float down is it pushes the body down a little more which aids in combatting the surface current. Again helping with control. The shape of these are fantastic in my opinion, offering less resistance to the tow of the river.
Obviously i’m still at the learning stages but loving every minute. I have taken hold of a couple Cralusso Torpedo floats that to be honest look frightening but the research I have done tick all the boxes. I’ve yet come across a need for these but when I start searching new rivers then these may come into plat. Should be funny.