In general, it is useful to pre-select places for fishing in such a way that several tributaries flow into a small river within a radius of 2-3 km. This is especially true for “horseless” anglers: in case of poor biting or increased turbidity of the water, you can quickly change the place of fishing by switching to a shallower and transparent tributary. In addition, from a tactical point of view, it is imperative to check the tributaries and their estuaries for the spring movement of fish. Before proceeding to the description of directly fishing with harness, first we will briefly consider the tackle and equipment.
Any rod of approximately 4 m length with running rig can be used for fishing line. Leading rings are essential. They must have high legs so that the line does not stick when fishing in rain, wind or fog. It is with such rings that Bologna and match rods are equipped, which, I must say, are the most convenient for running fishing. The lightweight carbon-plastic rod does not tire the angler at all, and the reel allows you to use the thinnest lines without the fear of breaking them when hooked.
When fishing, you can use spinning, inertial and wire reels. On the one hand, a spinning reel provides much more convenience, but on the other hand, it twists the line. To some extent, this is opposed by a high-quality swivel located at the junction of the leash and the main line, but still this is not an option. For ourselves, we have completely solved this problem thanks to a wire reel with a drum diameter of 8-10 cm. The main criteria when choosing an inertial reel are its easy stroke and a sufficiently large drum diameter. This is necessary so that the float floating with the flow can gradually spin the reel drum and make light slowdowns, as well as quickly select the line after a long run. The line can also be dumped by striking the reel “cheek” with your finger, which causes the drum to spin rapidly by inertia. It must be said that with such a descent of the line, the dynamics of fishing with the use of an inertial reel does not lag behind fishing with a high-speed “inertia” reel. At the same time, do not forget that it is quite difficult for a beginner angler to master playing large fish with the help of an inertial reel, since the role of a friction brake has to be performed by hand.
It is best to use a soft line with a diameter of 0.16-0.20 mm as the main one. For the leash, we recommend using the highest quality lines with a diameter of 0.08-0.14 mm. The diameter of the leash should always be set as a smaller section. It has been noticed that bites on a 0.12 mm line are usually 2 times more than on a 0.15 mm line. Accordingly, the same statistics holds for 0.08 mm and 0.12 mm line. The minimum cross-section of the leader should be chosen depending on the stiffness of the rod. If, with a sudden bite, you, having missed the moment, make a sharp cut, then the line should not break. This minimum line diameter will be different for each rod. For example, our 4.2m match rods allow wide and bold hooks when the reel is locked with 0.1mm leads. Therefore, we try not to use thinner lines on these rods, otherwise we have to carefully control the power of the hook.
Instead of describing the different types of wiring floats, we will briefly focus on such an important point as their correct weight and the type of attachment to the line. On small rivers, floats with a carrying capacity of 1.5 to 3.0 g are most often used. Since when fishing, the float adheres slightly from time to time, it must have two attachment points to the line. Moreover, it is better when it is overloaded rather than underloaded. This gives us a very high sensitivity. For example, on a very slow current, a float with almost zero buoyancy is preferable, and on a stronger one, if you do not hold it slightly, it will generally sink slowly. This is exactly the setup you need when fishing for sluggish spring fish. When choosing a float, you need to take into account not only the weight of the sinkers, but also the weight of the hook or jig. In general, the topic of jig with wire fishing is very interesting, and I would like to dwell on this in more detail.