When the rivers are high, sometimes a change in approach is all that's required to get more bites. These are simple tackle tips that should help you keep amongst those lovely summer barbel.
1. USE STRONG HOOKS
It goes without saying that you need a strong, reliable hook for barbel and my choice is the new Xpert Power hook. It's based on the old Korum S3 pattern, but they're only £1.25 a packet! I love them in the size 10 for most of my barbelling - the ideal size with a 12mm pellet.
2. GO ELLIPTICAL
The Sonubaits Elliptical Barbel & Carp Feed Pellets are flatter, so won't roll down a fast river like a normal pellet. Ideal in speedy water conditions. I use them in feeder mixes or in PVA bags.
3. RODS HIGH
You'll want to keep your line out of the water when fishing a fast river, so get that tip up high and use a big feeder. If you're still struggling to hold bottom, let out a big bow of line to prevent the feeder from getting moved.
4. STRONG RIGS
A good hooklink material will serve you well in flooded conditions or a rising river, where snags may be where you least expect them. The new Korum Xpert Power hooklinks of Braid and Mono are both mega strong. I was pleasantly surprised how tough these hooklinks are during testing - trust me, they're very dependable.
5. TRUST FISHMEAL
Fishy pellets are always good for barbel but especially so when the river's high. The oily, fishy leakoff cannot be beaten.