The Black Viper Compact Reels : Conquering the Danube

At a feeder competition in Ybbs on the beautiful blue Danube, I took the opportunity to put the Black Viper Compact through its paces. We shall see what this feeder reel can do and whether it is up to the task.

All Thursday I am looking forward to the upcoming fishing event. A school of shimmering fish swims in front of me in my dreams. Is it already the legendary Danube bream and barbel? No matter, our feeder team is full of anticipation and impatiently waiting for the joint meeting.

Thorough preparation is essential, especially on a venue that is new to us, and so we first contacted our friends from the Browning team in Austria. They inform us about the conditions, because this section of river is completely unknown to us.

We promptly receive information that the river at Ybbs is sometimes several hundred meters wide and has a very strong flow. Small fish are to be expected up to a distance of 20 meters from the shore, with bream in the middle area, and barbel can be expected from around 80 meters.

Based on this information, it was important to be prepared for all distances. The short track of up to 20 meters can be fished with a light rod and feeders weighing up to 40 grams. The middle lane, on the other hand, is 60 to 70 meters in areas with very strong currents and is therefore anything but easy.

In order to be able to present swimfeeders, weights of around 120 grams are absolutely necessary. At an even greater distance, feeders carrying 140grams-plus of lead can be essential! 

We will be fishing for six hours. For much of this time I will probably have to fish with the heavier swimfeeders out in the main current. This is going to put a lot of stress on my gear, so it is essential to be using equipment that is well up to the job and that will not let me down. 

The choice of rod and reel has to be right for this type of fishing. I chose the Black Viper Compact 855 reel coupled with the Sphere 4.20m Feeder rod, 4.20 with a casting weight of 145 grams, so that I can cover the long distances effectively. The super light 430g weight of the Black Viper reel reduces fatigue as it balances perfectly with the Sphere feeder rods. The reel is loaded with 150m of 0.099mm Quantum Smoke Braid, combined with a 10m leader of 0.30mm Cenex Feeder mono as a leader.

The particularly large and flat spool of the Black Viper Compact 855 has two line-friendly clips with wide recesses. In order to be able to sound out the fishing spot precisely, I clip-up at six different distances to begin with. I divide the different distances between the two clips, minimising the risk of the line jumping coming out of the clip.

"Immediately, the tip of the rod is torn down "

The first day of competition begins, and I find myself on peg C63. Not ideal, as I am in the middle of the stretch and it is an area that generally contains less fish. After plumbing up at a range of distances I settle on fishing at 63 meters. The river bed consists of sand and gravel. Unfortunately, the conditions are pretty bad. Heavy rain in the previous few days has washed a lot of sediment into the Danube. The grey water leaves the fish with hardly any oxygen to breathe and – as we anglers say – nailed their mouths shut! My hopes of a bite fades by the minute.

My feed consists of one part each of Champion’s Feeder Big Bream and Champion’s Choice Big Fish. Hour after hour I stick to my task, recasting the feeder regularly, filling it with worms, casters, and dead maggots. Every time the feeder is brought in, it shows how cleanly the reel is working. The line-lay is millimetre perfect, and the retrieve of 88cm per turn of the handle makes winding in easy.

After two hours I haven’t had a sign of a fish so I decide to change lines. I decide to drop onto a shorter line at 21m in search of a few small fish, but even here, after another hour, nothing happens. All right, so there’s only one option left. I’ll play my distance card! I had found another clean area at 85 meters. This is a little better and in the remaining three hours I manage to catch two small bream. At least I have avoided the dreaded blank.

The second day begins, and I am a lot happier with my draw of A1. However, the water is still extremely cloudy, and there is a strong crosswind. After plumbing various distances intensively, I decide on a line at 54 meters. Significantly shorter than my neighbours, but the river bed here feels good and I have a gut-feeling that this is the area to fish. Hours go by and, apart from a few small roach, hardly any fish are caught anywhere. The barbel, which are often found here, just aren’t willing to feed with the extra rain water.

Finally! After what feels like an eternity, a big Danube bream over the five pound mark spots the hookbait. Immediately, the tip of the rod is torn down – I lift the rod … the fish is on! Slowly and extremely carefully, I bring the fish in across the strong current. The pressure on the line and reel increases. I love the way the Black Viper Compact 855 does its homework. Even under strong pressure from the fighting fish, it can be easily cranked. The finely adjustable front drag prevents the powerful big fish from making use of the extreme current.

At the end of the second day my catch of three small roach and one large bream is enough to win the section. Thanks to a solid team performance, our squad finished in a great sixth place out of around thirty teams.

It was a shame that the conditions spoilt the fishing, but I will hopefully be back in 2021 and won’t be changing a thing. The Black Viper and Sphere Feeder rods worked faultlessly – the perfect big river combination. 

Tight lines!

Pamela Franke, Browning Deutschland

Rig it Right : Canal Worm Rig

Canals play a massive part in match and pleasure fishing through the colder months and if you can locate an area which contains small fish then the chances are the predators won’t be far away.

If you’re fortunate to know such an area or lucky enough to draw one out of the hat in a match then you need to make the most of it and feeding at least one chopped worm and caster line is paramount.

Colin Sheppard knows of a few such swims on the Kennet and Avon Canal and here he describes his worm rig that catches him loads of big perch, bream and even tench and carp.  

  1. Connect a pole float, in this case it’s a 4×14, onto the main line first by passing it through the top eye.

2. Thread three small rubbers onto the line.

3. Pull these onto the stem of the float and position these, one at the top, middle and bottom.

4. Create a loop in the mainline using a figure of eight overhand knot.

5. Remove the hook length from its retaining spool, reduce to twelve inches and tie a further loop to this. 

Connect to the mainline by first passing the hook length loop through the mainline loop, then the hook through the hook length loop and carefully pulling down.

7. Shot the float with a bulk of small No8 shot, just above the hook length and positioned these slightly apart.    

8. At this stage, and a very important part of float fishing is to plumb up using a heavy plummet. 

9. Shot the float perfectly by adding two tiny No12 shot to the hook length and position these equally between bulk and hook.    


Sphere Zero-G F1+ Pole

Stretch 7 1.90mm Blue Elastic

4×14 pole float

0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

0.13mm Cenex Fluoro Carbon Hook Line

Sphere Size 16 Match Hook

How to Feeder Fish a Deep River

Originally Published in English

Today I am fishing a peg on the Earth Centre stretch of the river Don on the outskirts of Doncaster.  This is a prolific stretch of river, where roach and skimmers make up the bulk of the catches, but hit the right peg on the right day and big weights of bream can also figure. 

The Don here is a relatively deep river, often around four metres in the centre, and slow flowing for most of the year. The pole works really well on this stretch, because of the depth, but you can also have a great days fishing on the feeder too, fished three-quarters of the way across the river. Expect plenty of bites, and a busy days fishing, something that I really like. 

To start with, I have mixed up a bag of Quick Skimmer and a bag of Black Roach. I want this to stay in the feeder quite well, so I have mixed it very slightly damper than I would if the water were shallower. To this mix, I have added a light scattering of pinkies. Just enough to keep the fish interested and looking for more is what you are looking for. 

My rigs are quite simple. I am using a 20gram Big Pit Standard feeder. If the flow was stronger I would step up the weight, but there is no need today. The feeder is attached to a 12cm twisted boom made from the 0.22mm Cenex Feeder Mono main line. 

Regular recasting will concentrate the fish in your target zone.

Simple feeder rigs are all you need for this style of fishing.

A lovely quality river Don roach.

The hooklength is around 60cm, made from 0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power line, finishing in a size 16 Sphere Feeder Ultra Lite hook. This is an incredibly sharp and light hook pattern, that is perfect for catching silverfish. The shape means that once a fish is hooked, very few are lost on the retrieve, which can make a significant difference in a match. 

With the line in the reel clip, I can hit the same distance every cast and keep a trickle of bait going in regularly to hopefully attract and encourage the fish to feed. Often it can take a while for the bites to come regularly. I think this is because the fish are spread around the relatively featureless river and so you have to keep introducing a little bit of bait to attract them. Today this has been the case, and although I have picked up fish from the start, they have mainly been small perch. After an hour the fishing starts to pick up and more roach put in an appearance. 

This style of fishing is all about getting into a rhythm and with the loaded feeder well balanced to my Sphere medium feeder rod, I can hit the same spot every time, even though there is a bit of a downstream wind gusting about. The soft tip shows the bites really well, and even though the fish are only averaging a couple of ounces each, I am putting plenty of fish in the net and building a decent weight. 

At the end of the session I am well pleased with my net of scale-perfect roach, the best around the half a pound mark. It has been a brilliant and really enjoyable morning session. 

Chris Greensides (Browning Team Ossett)

"The shoals of roach will be attracted by the groundbait"

I use a simple twisted boom link to attach the feeder.

Use a dark groundbait containing just a small amount of pinkies.

The result of a few hours feeder fishing on the river Don.

Chris’ Tackle

Sphere 12’ Medium Feeder Rod

Black Viper Compact Reel

0.22mm Cenex Feeder Mono

0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

Size 16 Sphere Feeder Ultra lite Hooks

20gram Big Pit Std Feeder

Chris’ Bait

Bag of Champion’s Feeder Quick Skimmer

Bag of Champion’s Feeder Black Roach

Pint of pinkies

Pint of maggots

The Sphere Feeder Ultra Lite hooks are brilliant for this type of fishing.

Catch Bonus Fish on the Flat Float

Originally Published in English

A line that is often overlooked when fishing a big river is just beyond the marginal slope. Often, there will be the odd better fish patrolling here and, especially when the river is carrying a bit of extra water, dropping in here can put a few extra pounds in the net in no time at all. 

Whilst you could run a float through on this line, I often prefer to fish a flat float here. The lollipop shape allowing me to hold the hookbait still, and wait for a better fish to pick it up. Generally speaking, the flow is slightly less the closer in you fish, making presentation easier, so a I will plumb up carefully and fish as short as I can beyond the marginal slope. 

You can often need a big float for this set-up. Today I can get away with about 5 grams, but in the past I have fished big floats carrying upwards of 15 grams. Go as big as you need to get the bait down and hold it steady. The rig is very simple. Most of the bulk is in the form of an olivette set about two foot above the hook, with a couple of dropper shot equally spaced below this. I will fish a few inches over-depth to ensure the bait is on the bottom and static. 

This line is all about catching a better stamp of fish. These could be nice perch and roach, or decent bream, the odd chub, or even a barbel, so there is no point in fishing with light gear. Rigs are made up using 0.18mm Cenex Hybrid Power line to a 0.16mm hooklength of the same. Baits are going to be quite big, so a size 12 Sphere Ultra Strong hook is my choice. I want to land every fish I hook and so the top-two is fitted with pink Microbore elastic, which combined with the strong gear gives me more than a fighting chance. 

Often I will drop onto this line later on during a match, once the fish have had a chance to settle. To begin with I introduce two bait droppers of maggot and casters, maybe a bit of chopped worm too. This might not sound like much bait, but I just want to give the fish a focal point, so don’t go too heavy. 

Don’t be afraid to use a big float, it is essential that the rig is stable in the flow.

A bump bar makes it much easier to hold the pole steady.

Use an olivette set about two feet above the hook.

"The Sphere Ultra Strong hook is perfect when expecting bigger fish."

Hookbait is invariably a piece of worm, or worm and caster. These baits will catch just about everything with fins, and have a tendency to pick up a better size fish too. I will top up with the small bait dropper if I find the bites start to slow down on this line. You normally won’t be able to keep it going the whole match, but a bit more bait can revitalise things for a while. 

This is nice comfortable fishing. Using a bump bar I can rest my Xitan Z16 L Advance and hold the float very still, which is important with the flat float. The distance is also really comfortable to fish, and if you have been running a float through further out for a few hours it can be a nice rest to drop back on this line for a bit. 

Today I have left this line for a couple of hours whilst starting out longer. To be honest, the bites were still coming regularly further out as it is just a pleasure session as there is less pressure on the river, but I also wanted to try a few other things today as these practice sessions are not all about bagging up. 

First put in the big float settles and then slide majestically under. A firm strike and the elastic shoots outs as a better stamp of fish puts up a spirited fight. It turns out to be a decent perch, followed the next put in by a nice roach. The bites come regularly, and you can definitely see that the fish are a better stamp on this line, as you might expect. 

So there you are, a useful tactic on any big river really, especially when the conditions are a bit rough and fishing long can be hard work. Whenever I am fishing a match on the river you can normally find a flat float set up on my roost, as it is a useful way of putting a few better fish in the net. 

Tom Noton

Start off with two bait droppers to kick-start the line.

Use a big bait to select the better fish.

The Sphere Ultra Strong is my hook of choice.

Tom’s Gear

Xitan Z16 L Advance Pole

Pink Microbore Elastic on a Duo kit

0.18mm Cenex Hybrid Power rig line

0.16mm Cenex Hybrid Power hooklength

Size 12 Sphere Ultra Strong hook

5-20 gram flat float

Small Bait dropper

Tom’s Bait

Pint of casters

Half a pint of maggots

400 grams Dendrabenas

Rig it Right - Big Pit Bream Feeder Rig

Originally Published in English.

Big gravel pits are daunting venues but follow the wind, especially when targeting carp and bream and if you can fish a feeder accurately at distance then you shouldn’t go too far wrong.

Constantly casting all day requires strong robust tackle, yet the rig used needs to be refined enough to get the bites, it also needs to be as tangle free as possible. 

John Pantry is no stranger to this type of fishing and has caught some massive bags of bream, as well as the occasional rogue specimen carp and won many a match on such a venue, so who better to ask about the rig needed to tackle these vast windswept lakes. 


John Pantry

  1. Thread a Xitan Supper Stopper onto the main line.

2. Next onto the main line is a Feeder Connector Swivel followed by another Stopper.

3. Pull all these together and position up the mainline.

4. Place a Snap Link Swivel onto the main line.

5. Trapping the Link Swivel within, create a four-inch loop on the mainline by tying a figure of eight overhand knot remembering to moisten and tighten down carefully.

6. Pull the Stoppers and Connector Swivel down against the knot.

7. Remove a hook length from the retaining spool.

8. Place the hook length loop onto the Feeder Connector Swivel.

9. Pull down the retaining sleeve on the Connector Swivel to secure.

10. Attach a Big Pit Feeder to the Snap Link Swivel.

11. The finished rig should look like this, great for bream and skimmers when using worm and maggots, just remember to reduce the hook length if deep hooking. 


Sphere 12’ Medium Feeder Rod

Black Viper Compact 845 Reel

Cenex 0.22mm Low Stretch

50g Big Pit Large Feeder

Sphere size 14 Ultra Strong Hook To Nylon

Feeder Connector Swivel 

Rig Stoppers

Catch Carp with Pop-Ups

First Published in English.


Have you ever found that when fishing tight to an island, quite often when retrieving the rig you find the hook and bait covered in foliage? It’s an annoying situation and one that will certainly cost you fish, however what I have found and had great success with when fishing for big carp and F1’s is to put a couple of shot onto the hook length then placing a buoyant hookbait in the band as opposed to a sinking one. This will pop the bait up just above the foliage and right in sight of any feeding fish.  

Marginal test

Make sure that you test the bait in the margin before giving it a go, making sure the shot is enough to act as an anchor and try moving the shot about as you will find this can make a massive difference. By using a Feeder Connector Swivel it’s easy to change hook lengths so you can switch between a standard sinking bait and this rig to see what works best on the day.

Tackle needed

The tackle I use when using this rig is the brilliant 10ft Sphere Bomb +10% Rod teamed up with the Sphere MgTi 920 Reel loaded with either 0.20mm or 0.22mm Cenex Method Mono. The rig itself comprises of a Pellet Feeder, usually a large 3.5cm one weighing 30g with a hook length made from Cenex 0.18mm Hybrid Power Mono down to a size 16 Sphere Beast hook tied knotless Knot style with a small Super Stretch Pellet Band attached. 

Give it a go, it solved my problems.

Craig Edmunds

Cenex Method Mono for my main line and Cenex Hybrid Power for the hooklength.

Sphere Beast hooks are brilliant for all sorts of carp fishing.

"A pop-up will keep the hook away from any debris."

Browning Pellet Feeders are perfect for introducing a small mouthful of bait in the spring.

The Sphere MgTi reels are silky smooth and strong, perfect for Method and Pellet Feeder fishing.

Craig’s Tackle

10’ Sphere Bomb +10% Rod

Sphere MgTi 920 Reel

Cenex 0.20mm Method Mono

Cenex 0.18mm Hybrid Power Mono

Size 16 Sphere Beast Hook

30g Pellet Feeder

Feeder Connector Swivel

Super Stretch Pellet Band 

Craig’s Bait

Bright Buoyant Dumbell Pellet 

Improve your carp fishing with a pop-up.

Rig it Right - Bread Disk Leger

An inline method feeder is a deadly rig when the fish in your swim are up for a munch, but what do you do to tempt a bite when they are in a lethargic mood and unwilling to get their heads down?

In winter this can often be what we are faced with and although you may have selected your swim carefully or pulled the hot peg out of the bag, simply tempting a bite or two could see you having a good day or framing. 

This is when you need to rely on a carp’s curiosity and popping a bait up such as a couple of bread discs, right in their faces, can often get the tip pulling round. 


Tim Bruce

  1. Slide a Super Stopper (float stop) onto the mainline (only if safe semi-fixed rigs are allowed). 

2. Then thread the in-line lead on. 

3. Break apart a Connector Swivel, thread the buffer end onto the mainline followed by the connector end.

4. Secure the Connector Swivel using a Grinner knot, remembering to moisten before tightening and then slowly pulling down.

5. With the lead resting against the Connector Bead unclip the Connector Bead.

6. Attach the hook length to the Connector Bead.

"A great presentation when the carp are mid-water"

7. Make sure the hook length is securely mounted within and clip together the Connector Bead.

8. To secure the bread discs, insert a Push Stop Needle into the Push Stop and push through the 8mm punched bread discs.

9. The finished rig should look like this. The Super Stopper (float stop) is positioned an inch away from the lead when its resting against the Connector Swivel and creates a safe, semi-fixed Bolt Rig.


6lb Black Magic Gold Mono

Feeder Leader size 14 Method Push Stop Hook Length

Connector Bead

1.1oz in-line lead.

Super Stopper

Mix it Right - River Feeder Groundbait

Originally Published in English.


When targeting silverfish, particularly dace, on the river Trent I need a groundbait that is sticky enough to hold well in a cage feeder, but which is quickly washed out once the feeder comes to rest on the bottom. What I don’t want is a mix that comes out of the feeder on the drop, as this will be quickly washed downstream, taking the fish with it. I also want a mix that allows me to pack as much feed, mostly maggots, chopped worm, and caster, into the feeder with just the minimum of groundbait plugging the ends. Fortunately, a combination of two of the excellent Browning groundbaits suits this job perfectly. 

I use an equal combination of Champion’s Choice Black Magic and Champion’s Feeder Quick Skimmer. The Black Magic is a really dark, classic-style silverfish groundbait that blends in really well with the bottom and has a pungent spicy aroma. In contrast the Quick Skimmer has a fine texture and a sweet aroma that the fish really like. The combination of the two produces a mix that  has a firm consistency, ideal for plugging a cage feeder. 

Here is how I go about mixing this groundbait. 

Tom Noton

  1. Use a combination of one bag of Black Magic and one bag of Quick Skimmer. 

2. Put the groundbaits in a large groundbait bowl and mix the two together really well. 

3. Slowly add river water to the groundbait mix. Take it steady, as you can always add more liquid, but you can’t take it out.

4. Ideally, use a whisk attached to an electric drill to really mix the groundbait well and break up any lumps. If you don’t have a whisk use your hands, and mix it really well. 

5. Once the groundbait has started to bind together and has been really well mixed run it through a maggot riddle to remove any later lumps.

6. Discard any lumps that are trapped by the riddle – These will be wetter bits of groundbait that can make the mix too soggy.

"Use equal amounts of Quick Skimmer & Black Magic."

7. Leave the groundbait to stand for at least ten minutes, It may well need a little extra water added as the mix absorbs the liquid. 

8. The finished mix should have a fluffy texture, but bind when compressed.

9. Fill the centre of the feeder with a mixture of maggots, chopped worm and caster. 

10. Plug the ends of the Xenos Wire Specialist cage feeder with a little groundbait. I wrap electrical tape around the wire mesh to ensure the bait isn’t released until the feeder is resting on the river bed. 

The feeder can be brilliant when the fish are beyond float range, or the conditions make float control difficult.

Silvers Up in the Water

First Published in English. 


I’m in my element catching silvers on the float and if I can catch these on running line then all the better. Today I’m at Southend Farm Fishery, close to Waltham Abbey in Essex. It’s one of the most consistent and fair silver fish venue I know where winter silver fish matches are usually won with well over 40lb of fish. It’s also a great carp venue, however these need to be avoided at all cost as they take up valuable fishing time trying to land them so feeding is crucial as if you over do it, you risk attracting these.

The main Match Lake is relatively deep, I’ve got just over 10ft in front at around twenty yards which is perfect for feeding little and often through a catapult, attracting the roach and getting then competing high in the water. The lake also contains lots of skimmers, bream and perch which also feed up in the water so you can see how easy it is to put a big weight together.

Cereal based groundbait

To get the bream into my swim I introduce six balls of groundbait, three being off a dry consistency as I want to create lots of cloud as they descend in the water and three mixed heavier with a little added black leam to add weight and get them to the bottom before breaking down. My groundbait mix is made up of half a bag of Champion’s Choice Black Magic to one bag of Gardon, both being cereal based along with some dead bronze maggots. Before adding water to the mix I will riddle it dry, removing any large particles then slowly add water and whisk two or three times to get the right consistency. There is a reason for using a cereal based groundbait and that is that it doesn’t attract too many carp into the swim like a fishmeal based mix would. Introducing groundbait into the swim at the start might sound strange, especially as I will be targeting silvers up in the water but I need to get the bigger skimmers and bream into my swim first before feeding in a way that will draw then up of the deck and feeding mid water. 

Cereal based groundbait will attract the silvers and keep the carp away, hopefully! 

A dozen or more casters will follow straight after each cast.

Keep casting to keep catching.

Today my swim is full of skimmers. 

"I am in my element today, it is a bite a chuck."

The Sphere 13’ Match rod, an anglers dream.  

Plenty of skimmers today.  

Feeding is the key to unlocking a swim.  

A brilliant team

My tackle for this type of fishing consists of the amazing Sphere 13’ Match rod teamed up with a Sphere MgTi 940 reel loaded with 0.12mm Cenex Classic Mono. The rod is extremely light and the reel silky smooth, a brilliant team when you will be casting every minute or less for the duration of a six hour match or practice session. At the business end I have a 0.08mm Cenex Classic Mono hook length with a fine wire barbless size 18 hook attached and my float, a 2g Insert Peacock Waggler that is attached to a float adapter trapped between a couple of Xitan Super Oval Stoppers. As for shotting this is simply a string of no9 shot, placed shirt button style with the gap slowly increasing as they get closer to the hook as this creates a much more natural drop of the hookbait that will be a single caster. 

Unlocking the swim

Having introduced the groundbait at the start it’s left to do its business whilst I set up and I can already see a few bubbles on the surface, a sure sign that there are skimmers and hopefully a few bigger bream feeding. It’s time to cast out and I’m starting quite deep initially, around six feet as it will take time to get the bigger fish high in the water. A normal session will see small roach caught but catapulting around a dozen casters on a little-and-often basis will attract bigger fish; it’s just a case of wading through these small fish at the start. As I feel my way into the session I will be slowly fishing closer to the surface and at the end of the session quite often will be picking bigger roach to over a pound, skimmers even bream just two feet down! Feeding really is the key to unlocking the swim and I will be casting first before catapulting a dozen casters over the top, it’s all about getting into a rhythm and working the swim all the time.  

Today’s been a typical session where an abundance of small roach slowly were replaced with a few net roach, more skimmers than usual along with the odd slightly better bream. My best match weight here is 55lb, a day when I found quality net roach in front of me from the start, yet today it’s been harder but with a good twenty plus pound of silvers for my efforts, I’m not complaining.


Paul Hyde

Casting to the clip then two turns of the handle puts me in the feeding zone. 

Cenex Classic Mono, strong and fine, great for this style of fishing.

Xitan Super Stoppers are ideal for locking float onto the mainline.

Casters and hemp with maggot as a backup.  

Paul’s Tackle

Sphere 13’ Match Rod 

Sphere MgTi 940 Reel

Cenex 0.12mm Classic Mono

Cenex 0.08mm Classic Mono

Size 18 fine wire barbless hook

2g insert peacock waggler

Xitan Super Stoppers

Paul’s Bait

Champion’s Choice Black Magic Groundbait

Champion’s Choice Gardon Groundbait




A cracking net of fish all caught up in the water.    

Rig it Right - River Cage Feeder

Originally Published in English.


This is the rig that Tom Noton of Browning Hot Rods uses to such great effect of on big rivers, such as the Trent, Wye and Severn. It works best on rivers with a reasonable depth and flow for dace, roach and perch, although don’t be surprised if the odd chub or even barbel puts in an appearance. Load the feeder with a mixture of Champion’s Choice Black Magic and Champion’s Feeder Quick Skimmer, with chopped worm, caster, hemp and maggot feed. Try fishing maggot or caster on the hook.

Tom Noton

1. Thread the Rig Stops and Clip Swivel onto a 6m length of the Black Magic Shock Leader with two stops below the swivel.

2. Thread the Feeder Connector Swivel onto the end of the shock leader below the Rig Stops.

3. Create a 10cm twisted boom with the Feeder Connector Swivel trapped at the bottom.

4. Use a medium-sized Wire Specialist Feeder with enough weight to just hold bottom. Wrap tape around the feeder to make sure the feed is not released until the feeder has settled on the river bed.

5. Cut off a 120cm length of 0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power line to make up the hooklength.

6. Tie the Sphere Feeder Ultra Lite hook to the end of the end of the hooklength using a spade-end hook knot.

7. Tie a small loop in the other end of of the hooklength, this allows the hooklength to be changed instantly.

8. Attach the hooklength loop to the Feeder Connector Swivel.

9. Connect the feeder using the Clip Swivel. You can adjust the total distance between the feeder and the hook by moving the Rig Stops. 

10. Attach the shockleader to the main line braid using a double four-turn grinner knot. 

"A brilliant feeder rig for silvers on large rivers."


Xenos Wire Specialist Feeder

0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Mono

8lb Black Magic Line for shockleader

Size 12 Sphere Ultra Lite Feeder Hook

Feeder Connector Swivel

Quick Change Feeder Link