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Joe C

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It's not something I've ever done out of fear of breaking off, even if you do bring the rod back up to cushion the impact. Also, if you hook a kipper and it wants to go, what then?!

Don't be scared to explain it to me like I'm a 5 year old ;)
 

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I always clip up if I’m fishing the method feeder on commercials. Usually bring the rod behind my head as the feeder lands which gives you a few turns to get some line back.

Very rarely get snapped off, particularly if fishing towards features as they often swim towards you!

Had carp to 15lb whilst clipped up 👍
 

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Have to say I don't do it either for all those reasons lol

It motivates you to learn to cast accurately if you don't do it anyway although I don't think you have to be pinpoint accurate all that often ;)
 

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Why not clip up to cast, mark you line and then unclip in case you hook a decent fish.

that is what specialist anglers do.
 

Joe C

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Why not clip up to cast, mark you line and then unclip in case you hook a decent fish.

that is what specialist anglers do.
this is a great idea, still worry about line damage though.
 

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Put a pellet band in the clip, put that over the line and then put the band back in the clip. Job done.
 

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Only clipped up once, and the clip broke on the spool. Never again.
 

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I was practicing that very thing on Thursday, crashed it in more than I would like direction off more than I would of liked, but repetition really helps, lift your line clip with nail then slide it under and you won't damage your line I don't clip up unless it's to an island or far bank fish can only go left right or back to you, unless bream fishing I'll always clip up so I know I'm hitting same area. Practice with a bomb on for half hour after a session.
 

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Tie a slider stop knot on the line and place it behind the clip, if you hook into a big fish un-clip play the fish then just clip back up to the stop knot.
 

Dusty Rhodes

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Clipping up is necessary for me on a lot of the waters I fish matches on. Hitting within a few inches of the island could be the difference between waiting 30 seconds for a bite or waiting 5 minutes for a bite. Obviously In match conditions this time is valuable.

I don’t care how good at casting you are, nobody can hit within a few inches of an island every cast without a clip.
 

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I probably would try it if I fished matches but I couldn't be bothered with the potential pitfalls for pleasure fishing. My grandad does it quite a lot on the the Thames but it doesn't catch him anymore fish than me, just means I can ask more accurately than him when neither of us are clipped up due to the extra practice ;)

Can definitively see the advantage for casting to islands, far banks etc though. I find it quite easy to do with lures but for coarse fishing it is much tougher as the hook landing beyond the float or feeder does make it a challenge to get tight without hooking the feature lol
 

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I want to know where my hook is - so every cast with a lead/feeder in Stillwater is clipped up.

i will do the same on a bigger river if I need to be precise.
 

Joe C

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Clipping up is necessary for me on a lot of the waters I fish matches on. Hitting within a few inches of the island could be the difference between waiting 30 seconds for a bite or waiting 5 minutes for a bite. Obviously In match conditions this time is valuable.

I don’t care how good at casting you are, nobody can hit within a few inches of an island every cast without a clip.
Really good point, is it ever the difference between catching and not catching? I only ask this because I don’t mind a five minute wait as it means I get to have a drink and/or eat :D
 

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Really good point, is it ever the difference between catching and not catching? I only ask this because I don’t mind a five minute wait as it means I get to have a drink and/or eat :D
Dusty would love you in his matches. 😆

Doesn't hurt one bit when pleasuring. You have your coffee. 👍
 

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It's not something I've ever done out of fear of breaking off, even if you do bring the rod back up to cushion the impact. Also, if you hook a kipper and it wants to go, what then?!

Don't be scared to explain it to me like I'm a 5 year old ;)
How about threading a bit of silicone float rubber on the line when you set up . I've never done that but I will give it a try myself. I've always clipped up and not had any problems but do worry about it snapping.
 

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I wouldn't worry about being broken off whilst clipped up unless you hook a proper munter.

I caught an 11lb common last Saturday clipped up in open water and of course it steamed off towards the opposite bank, line spooled off and ran into the clip and my fat fingers couldn't unclip quick enough, i just held it and eventually turned it back towards me. and got it in without much drama after a few runs.
 

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You could always tie a stop knot on the line so that you can unclip after the feeder is in position. It doesn't have to be tied on the line on the spool. Clip up when you've hit the spot, tie a stop knot just in front of the top ring of the tip. Then you can cast clipped up, unclip, and when you wind back in or land a fish, you can get the line back so the stop knot is back in front of the top ring and clip up and go again.
 
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