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    Default Length under split shot (river trout)

    Should it be close, or should a bit be left to flail about when using worms

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    Default Re: Length under split shot (river trout)

    Trout are something I only see if I catch them accidentally on the Derwent, so I don't know the answer. You're wondering how far from the hook to put shot when floatfishing? Or are you legering? Where you put shot can be critical for some species, but if you show a trout a worm they tend to not be too bothered about rig subtleties. A shot a foot or so from your hook will help keep the bait down in the water and can help show a bite more quickly, helping you hook it in the mouth before it swallows it - important if you want to return fish alive. For legering, I'd guess a shot 18" from your hook, either as a stop for a sliding weight or the weight itself in a small stream, probably won't be far wrong. You can always move your shot provided you haven't squeezed it on too tight and see what works best in a particular spot.

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    Default Re: Length under split shot (river trout)

    Posted in wrong place.
    Last edited by John Keane; 20-08-2019 at 20:55.

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    Default Re: Length under split shot (river trout)

    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    Trout are something I only see if I catch them accidentally on the Derwent, so I don't know the answer. You're wondering how far from the hook to put shot when floatfishing? Or are you legering? Where you put shot can be critical for some species, but if you show a trout a worm they tend to not be too bothered about rig subtleties. A shot a foot or so from your hook will help keep the bait down in the water and can help show a bite more quickly, helping you hook it in the mouth before it swallows it - important if you want to return fish alive. For legering, I'd guess a shot 18" from your hook, either as a stop for a sliding weight or the weight itself in a small stream, probably won't be far wrong. You can always move your shot provided you haven't squeezed it on too tight and see what works best in a particular spot.
    Sorry for being a noob but I don't know what ledgering is

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    Default Re: Length under split shot (river trout)

    Legering - it's when you don't have a float, you just have a weight of some kind that lets you cast out, takes your bait to the bottom and keeps it where you want it in the river or lake or whatever.

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    Default Re: Length under split shot (river trout)

    In my experience river Trout are suicidal and will take a worm regardless of the distance the shot is from it so I wouldn't worry about it.

    The good news is that it sounds like you have mastered putting a worm on now (having read your other thread) so now just lob one out there (pun intended) and I am sure Mr Trout will have it.

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: Length under split shot (river trout)

    As above, I'd not worry too much. The depth you are fishing is more important than shotting, but when trout are in the mood even that doesn't matter much.

    However, I'd suggest that you don't put your last shot too near the hook when float fishing, certainly no closer than five or six inches.

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    Default Re: Length under split shot (river trout)

    When your fishing worms with a float your generally running the float at full depth with the worm bouncing along the bottom.
    Your last shot will be better placed to hold the bait down anywhere from 6 inches to a foot maximum should see you ok its not critical with worm fishing and trout are aggressive feeders anyway. Try that.

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