OR DIBBER FLOAT
The river dipper is a flat top
peacock, designed to trot the swim, off bottom or dragging lightly with
a good visible flat tip. I first saw this float working
only a couple of years ago, by my favourite and in my opinion
the best angler England has ever produced Big Kevin Ashurst of Leigh.
He used this float with such skill
at the John Smith August bank holiday weekend angling extravaganza, on
the Warwickshire Avon, Evesham. Drawn next to me in the team event he
gave me a good lesson in fine tackle pole fishing.
Catching those big roach on size 26
hooks and 6oz bottoms he doubled my weight catching over 3lb on a very
hard day. Subsequently he went on and picked up a few more team
places from very hard swims, in the competition that weekend.
Showing me the float and watching
it work was an eye opener for me, always learning, and I certainly did
on this occasion. With the float dotted down in the water, the depth of
the float was almost twice the natural depth, for example the swim was
6ft deep and he fished this float at
twelve foot in depth.
With very light shotting a few
number tens down and a couple of number twelve’s a foot apart, the hook
length, dragging along the bottom. This was producing a bait
presentation that was so natural the fish didn’t 't have a chance.
I have fished this method many
times since, and have bagged up, no matter what the depth of the swim
is, the depth of the float has to be twice that. The float is a yellow colour and
dotted right down on the water, when you get a bite the float simply
Feeding is very impotent using this
method, just a few offerings every two or three minutes down, any more
and the fish come up in the water and you loose the affect.