FREE LINE 03 - Page 140

Springing into the Valley
and bits. I couldn’t believe that the
gulls hadn’t put in an appearance,
perhaps they had a heavy session on
discarded beer cans at the tip, but
whatever the reason, it was time to
improvise, adapt and hopefully overcome the delicate nature of catching
these surface-feeding cypries. The
unusual feature of this swim is that it
has a rather large willow right in the
middle of it; a wall of thorny brambles
surrounding it, and it does hamper
casting dramatically. Not being one to
be easily put off, I put on a small controller, not wishing to create too much
disturbance. I deftly flicked out a
modified fake mixer well past a group
of the larger diners, and slowly drew it
back in to the slurp zone. My nerves
were on red alert, and I was like a
1. The business end brought back without too much fuss.
2. Simple inline lead discharge arrangement and simple rig.
3. Making the PVA bag of chops to add to the hooklink.
4. Rig and lead arrangement in place at the bottom of the spoon.
5. Broken baits to be placed strategically around the spot.
6. Baiting spoon fully loaded with the carp treats, ready to deposit on the spot.
coiled spring waiting to strike as soon
as one of these large, grey shapes
made a mistake. When I speak of a
modified mixer, basically what I do is
to trim them down so they sit slightly
lower in the water and they are
essentially less buoyant. This in turn
has the effect of mimicking the free
offerings more accurately, because
once they take on water, they sit just
at the surface. Also, reducing the
buoyancy of the fake mixer makes it
easier for the carp to suck the hookbait in, and with the hook sitting out
of the water, it is readily available to
make an efficient hookhold.
Without a doubt, surface fishing for


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