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Old 12-09-2016, 20:09
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Hi Folks ,

I`m in my first year of fishing the Ribble seriousely for Barbel .

As anyone who`s fished it will know , its mostly a hard rocky bed , which can cause plenty of feeders and leads to get snagged and lost

I just wondered if anyone could give some general advice on how to avoid such losses , or how to retrieve snagged gear ect .

Just for info , I always fish a free running rig , to stop fish becoming tethered , and use 12lb main line , 10lb hook link , usually a size 10 hook and hair rigged bait .

Thanks in advance for any useful hints and tips
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Old 12-09-2016, 20:20
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Using in-line feeders can help, also strike up quickly before reeling in quickly. If it's a nice steady flow try moulding your feed round a lead, the fox paste leads are ideal for this.
I tie my feeders onto a run ring using lighter breaking strain line so if it does snag up you lose just the feeder. In theory! Doesn't solve your issue of losing feeders but at least you're not leaving hooks and line in the river and you don't lose everything. Again in theory!
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Old 12-09-2016, 20:55
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Colin
As a frequent Wye fisher here's a couple of important tips.

1/ make sure your feeder has enough weight not to roll.

2/ as said before, on the retrieve, lift upwards and wind immediately.

3/ if snagged, try letting out a lot of line, strike up and wind.

4/ when playing fish keep your rod up high and keep the fish moving
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Old 12-09-2016, 23:37
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Thanks for the advice , guys . Plenty there to think about . Much appreciated !
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Old 13-09-2016, 14:06
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I have found the Drennan bronze coloured flat backed wire feeders to be easier to retrieve when snagged. I'm guessing its because they bend out of shape under pressure.
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Old 15-09-2016, 11:28
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I use the snag safe lead clips with the 6lb clip and if the feeder becomes snagged I just loose the feeder and still land the fish (most times)
I agree with what Graham said keeping the rod high when playing the fish and retrieving quickly to avoid snagging on the bottom.
Open and feeders will always rise quicker than cage feeders also, but won't bend like wire of coarse.
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Old 15-09-2016, 14:59
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I use the snag safe lead clips with the 6lb clip and if the feeder becomes snagged I just loose the feeder and still land the fish (most times)
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Who makes them , David . I`ll have a look at them .

Thanks for the advice , chaps . I`m going for a trip tonight , so I`ll let you know how I get on .
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Old 15-09-2016, 15:48
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Enterprise tackle make them Colin. It's the new version though with the seperate clips.
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Old 15-09-2016, 15:52
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You could make your own with a small paper clip and slip silcone tubing over the top, attached to a run ring.
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Old 15-09-2016, 15:58
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I tried them for a bit but wasn't impressed, went back to simply tying them on with lighter line.
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