Float Rig for Chub

Float fishing for chub with big baits such as bread and meat, is a brilliant way to spend those cold winter mornings. Simple, robust gear is all you need in a float rig for chub, and in this article Colin Sheppard looks at the gear he uses when fishing fast flowing rivers for winter chub with bread.

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  1. Firstly make sure you use an abrasion resistant mainline, I use Black Magic Gold 0.17mm / 4.50lb.    
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2. Thread four rubbers onto the line, a big one first followed by three small ones.  

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3. Choose the right float, one big enough to dominate the swim, a 4g Alloy Avon is often my first choice.  

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4. Attach the float with the big rubber that goes over the tip and then pulled down to the floats shoulder.  

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5. Pull the three small rubbers onto the alloy stem. Three rubbers stop the float moving on the strike or whilst playing a fish. 

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6. The first rubber is positioned at the top of the stem.  

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7. The second float rubber goes in the middle of the wire stem. 

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8. The third float rubber goes at the bottom of the wire stem. 

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9. Thread an inline olivette onto the mainline. If I’m using a 4g float, I use a 4g olivette.

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10. Using a figure of eight knot create a loop in the mainline.

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11. Lock the olivette onto the mainline with a no6 shot either side.

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12. Choose the right hook length and hook, Sphere size 12 hooks to nylon are great, especially when using bread.

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13. Remove a hook length from the spool and reduce the length of this to around eighteen inches and create a loop using a figure of eight knot.

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14. Place this loop through the mainline loop. Then pass the hook through the hook length loop. Pull straight and tighten down.

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15. Add a no6 shot around twelve inches up the hook length.

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16. Add two no8 shot, evenly spaced between the hook and larger shot.

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17. The final rig, robust enough to land any chub in the fast flowing, shallow swims. 

chub float rig components


Black Magic Gold 0.17mm/4.50lb Mono

4g Alloy Stem Avon Float

Four Float Rubbers

4g Inline Olivette

Sphere Beast size 12 to 0.16mm Hook Length

No 6 and No8 Split Shot.

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