Waggler Fishing

robinta

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Over the last few weeks, I've watched quite a few videos on YouTube (such as Winning Ways with Andy May and Jamie Hughes) regarding waggler Fishing for silvers.

It's something that has really fired me up as a method to try this winter, especially after realising I haven't used a match rod and waggler for at least 10 years.

I know it's a method that can be out fished by many others, but I suspect at this time of year it will be worth a go in the right conditions and supplement a pole and possibly feeder approach.

I've dug out my old float rod and loaded a 3000 reel with 3lb maxima and hope to get out over the next 2 weeks.

The one thing I was missing was a few loaded wagglers. I did have a collection of Drennan Crystals somewhere, but can't find them.

My local selection was poor, so I tried the Internet and found quite a few options. I vaguely remembered a section on Nick Gilbert's site (NG Floats) which I'd always skipped past,but as I'm a huge fan of his pole floats, I thought I'd have a look.

Now I'm in no way connected or affiliated to Nick, but I've ordered these floats... Total Waggler Porn 🙂

Each one takes around 4 no 8 stotz to go around the float, with around 3 no 10s down the line.

I can't wait to give em a go!

Any one else still love fishing a traditional waggler? 2020-1223-21200700-1.jpg 2020-1223-21230200-1.jpg
 

mickthechippy

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those wags off Nick also have the benefit with the insert almost glowing in low light winter conditions due to the hollow top, making them far easier to see at a distance
 

ukzero1

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I have to admit, I do enjoy my sessions on the waggler. I do make my own though.
 

nejohn

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One of my favourite methods, not just for winter fishing try it with sprayed maggot up in the water in the summer, you can really bag up but you do need a lot of maggots and that will be a method that will make you appreciate just how good a rod your tri-cast excellence is
 

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Waggler fishing for silvers is my favourite form of fishing whether that be closed season on Stillwaters or in season on the rivers. As above its way more of a warm weather method for me as well. Quite rare I do it in the colder half of the year as I don’t tend to fish Stillwaters then and the rivers tend to be too quick for the insert wagglers to like to use. I fish waggler and maggot on Stillwaters in the closed season then waggler and hemp on the rivers (sometimes maggot if the bleak allow) pretty much until hemp stops working or until the bleak allow me to fish maggot on the stick or the increased flow forces me onto the stick. I just love how simple and direct waggler fishing is.
 

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I will do a lot of it in Spring. Hopefully for Crucians this year. Spring is a funny time of year for me, when the rivers are closed and I've already had my fix of legering on commercials over winter. Occasionally the waggler will come out on commercials over winter but I'm usually on the feeder. Those floats do look nice. I've been using Drennan Crystals and Visi-Wags but there's also times I like fishing a big and straight Dave Harrell waggler on the river, but most of the time on the Severn it seems like a stick float is better. It has actually been over year since I fished with my pole so be warned, rod and line can be quite addictive, to me anyway.
 

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This time of year when fish push out from disturbance on the bank, the waggler can get you a few bonus fish before they move onto your pre fed pole lines.
Those inserts look the mutz nutz mate, nice hi viz tips on them. I would oreder 3 or 4 yellow tips aswell and paint 1 or 2 black for white water conditions.
 

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Yes, great way of fishing and not just for silvers.
Might be a personal thing though, but not a fan of loaded wagglers year round for this, but definitely for winter, i always feel it takes away the shotting options a little. Shallow and when you need minimal weight down, then they are great.

5bb or 7bb clear crystal insert wagglers, or thicker top and up to 3aaa if windy.
Found too, that no'8 shot is the smallest i can go for droppers on a set up that isn't as delicate as a pole rig, without suggesting of course the waggler isn't, but just in comparison. Feel no'10s may not be working for you.

Not criticism by the way, just something to put in there for consideration.
 
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