Back to the 3 ft twitch,,,, I fish the aire fairly often,,, using heavy feeder tactics,,, a very long hooklength., sometimes 5 ft plus,,, and worm/bunch maggots and the takes from barbel could be said to be heartstopping at times,,, just about always hooked in the top lip area and never had one swallow the hook,,,, I never strike at the taps and small movements of the tip as there is that much rubbish coming down,,,,, as for feeling the meat trundelling through its very hard as the current can be very hard to master,,, that is the reason why I use heavy feeder/lead tactics
Not much better feeling then a 3 foot twitch, whether they happen regularly or come out of the blue as this one did.... a Blacktailed Barbel.
I'd had 3 or so Barbel in the morning before the sun came up then bites tailed off and my dad came and fished the next peg in the afternoon. It was midday, and the reason I remember it was the power of the bite, really powerful 3 foot bang on my Barbel Rod that came completely out of the blue as hadn't had a bite for several hours. It turned out to be not the biggest fish at around 6 or 7lb, but when the bite came I called out to my dad "This is a BIG FISH!".