Basic river fishing tackle requirements

MartinWY

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Morning,

Several people have suggested I look to rivers to introduce more variety into my fishing. Sounds like a plan. Problem is, I haven't really got a clue where to start putting tackle together for it.

Other than obvious stuff like disgorgers, landing net and so forth, what sort of tackle would I need to give it a go?

I have much of the tackle you'd expect a stillwater fisher to have. Rods are 2.5/3oz 11ft feeder and an 11ft pellet waggler, probably a bit short for rivers? Reels are shimano stradic in 2500 and 3000 size.

Would appreciate any advice. Not looking to target barbel or anything specialist, just mixed fishing.

Thanks
 

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I cover most my river fishing with an 11ft feeder rod that casts up to 45g with a 4000 reel loaded with 6lb line to which I use 3-4lb hook lengths and 12 to 16 hooks then a 13ft float rod with either a 2500 or 3000 reel loaded with 3lb line to 2-2.5lb hook lengths to 16-20 hooks. I have recently got a 14ft float rod (which I’ll use with the same reels and what not as the 13ft) as well so I can have a stick and waggler set up at the same time. I do also plan to get a slightly more powerful 12ft feeder rod soon as well. Then I have a selection of loaded insert and straight wagglers from 1-3G and sticks from 8bb down to 4x4 and black cap, cage, open end, block end, window and method feeders from 15-50g. With that lot I can cover all the river fishing I could ever realistically do (roach, dace, perch, bream, chub etc) on my local Thames, Avon and Ouse.
 

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13ft "match" type rod. Suitably sized reel (40/4000) with 2-3lb line. Selection of wagglers and stick floats. Waggler connectors.

Then as you say stuff like shot, hooks etc needed for all styles.
 

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buy some block end feeders to go with the feeder rod , that will catch everything try lobworm as hookbait big roach and perch love a lobby, fish close in , evenings are good
 

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A decent light float rod as others have suggested. River fishing is generally a bit more active, so a rod that is nice and easy to handle will improve enjoyment no end. I use 13 footers, and team them up with 1500 size reels. A medium feeder rod will cater for most eventualities during normal river levels, but you may need to step up to something more beefy if range or heavier feeder weights are a factor.
 

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I use a 13ft Sensas ccx rod for float fishing, others will say you need longer but it suits my needs and I already owned it for winter waggler fishing on commercials.
If ledgering you might need a storm pole for your rod rest, some decent weighted feeders and bombs, stick floats, I think that's about all I bought for switching from pools.
 

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Super basic is a 4m whip fished to hand in the slck water

’standard‘ is a 13’ waggler rod, few floats, 2500 series reel or thereabouts loaded with 3-4lb line. Hooks tend to be 16 max and with maggot or caster you should fill your boots with silvers.
 

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See thats frustrating, as I've just been down to Bonhams and bought a dozen split canes from the personal collection of Izaac Walton.
You tell em mate. Just don’t forget a pellet wetter. You can’t show your face on the bank without a pellet wetter. 🤣🤣
I see you are in Yorkshire. Where are you thinking of going pal ?
 

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The gear you have is fine Martin, I don't see you needing to go out buying different stuff at this stage if you are new to river fishing, (you can do that afterwards when/if you get the bug) just make sure the end tackle is balanced well and you have a nice day on any rod/reel. I.e. don't fish too heavy(or too light for now) 4lb main 3lb bottom will be fine, match the bait to hooksize for example if using maggot on float, try a size 18 and get that float dotted down so fish can take it under easy, feed maggots regularly at the same spot each time and fish where you think the bait is dropping down to in the water . You'll probably find natural baits for silvers are best so best leave pellets alone, other than that river fish are pretty similar to stillwater fish, it's just that the water is moving that's the main difference
 

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You tell em mate. Just don’t forget a pellet wetter. You can’t show your face on the bank without a pellet wetter. 🤣🤣
I see you are in Yorkshire. Where are you thinking of going pal ?
Do they make pellet wetters in orange?

Yes I am in Yorkshire. Not sure where I'm going yet. York book seems to have a lot of river venues on it, so considering joining.
 

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Do they make pellet wetters in orange?

Yes I am in Yorkshire. Not sure where I'm going yet. York book seems to have a lot of river venues on it, so considering joining.
The Ouse around Acaster Malbis is decent pal. Swale at Cundall lodge farm. Wharfe at Tadcaster. The world is your oyster. If you think of a venue then post it on here for advice. A lot of us live in gods own country. 👍
 

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The Ouse around Acaster Malbis is decent pal. Swale at Cundall lodge farm. Wharfe at Tadcaster. The world is your oyster. If you think of a venue then post it on here for advice. A lot of us live in gods own country.
Starting from scratch really, so I'd consider anywhere. Need to sort my kit out first so I'm not lugging half of angling direct down the bank every time :)
 

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Starting from scratch really, so I'd consider anywhere. Need to sort my kit out first so I'm not lugging half of angling direct down the bank every time :)
What type of river fishing do you like Martin ? Stick or feeder ?
 

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What type of river fishing do you like Martin ? Stick or feeder ?
I quite like both styles. I suppose it would depend on the situation on the day. If it's deep or fast flowing, I'd probably go with a bomb or feeder, but if theres some overhang on the far bank and the current allows, trotting the undercut would be great too.
 

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I quite like both styles. I suppose it would depend on the situation on the day. If it's deep or fast flowing, I'd probably go with a bomb or feeder, but if theres some overhang on the far bank and the current allows, trotting the undercut would be great too.
Only asking as when you are ready I ( amongst others ) could put you on fish. As you know. Yorkshire rivers can be patchy. Especially as we now have a healthy population of Otters. 😡😡😡
 

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Only asking as when you are ready I ( amongst others ) could put you on fish. As you know. Yorkshire rivers can be patchy. Especially as we now have a healthy population of Otters. 😡😡😡
Thats kind of you, I might well take you up on that mate. Even a trip out just as an observer would be helpful.
 
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