Feeder in Russian
Like all donkeys, even the simplest ones, the feeder can be called one of the most common and universal gears. Fishermen with a feeder may be silver bleak, although it is considered a surface fish, as well as a steep-sided and goldfish. But, of course, the main goal of any angler is a heavy bream or a powerful and rapid ide. It is the feeder that is most suitable for catching these beautiful and desirable fish. Especially if fishing comes from the shore. In this English bottom fishing rod, such accessories as a feeder and leashes directly connected to it are successfully combined. For quite a long time, the Volga pits near the fairway were my favorite and constant places of fishing. At the right high and mountain coast of the Volga, only one tackle could cope with a strong current – the “ring”. It also guesses the features of the feeder. And a lighter Volga tackle with a feeder suspended on a fishing line, which was also used on the Volga, but near the left bank with shallow coastal depths, already resembles a feeder, only an onboard one.
To some extent, the feeder replaces fishing from a boat, and in some cases it is he who is more catchy than an onboard donka with a feeder suspended on a fishing line. This is especially true for small rivers with shallow depths. Not so long ago, on the Bolshaya Kokshaga River, I came across a situation where, it would seem, the airborne donka should be ahead of the feeder and coastal donks in terms of performance. We became attached to a fallen spruce just above a rather deep hole where a large fish was kept. Downstream of the spruce, the jets split into vortex flows and swirled with whirlpools. A classic place for catching ide and large bream. But the coastal bottom gear brought the whole catch. Here, above the fish pit, our gates of the side donoks continuously chinked bells only from thieves’ bites of small roaches. The reason for this was understandable: four meters deep, the water was clear, the fish was already quite careful and saw the boat. It was no longer necessary to set heavy spring feeders, but lighter summer ones, no more than 20 grams in weight. Then the current would carry them away from the boat. We got used to throwing the feeders off the boat like a shower, but that wasn’t quite handy. If on the Volga we discarded such feeders from the wide and stable duralumin “Kazanok” and “Ob-3”, here, in a cramped rubber boat, the gears were simply confused, and we did not have light feeders this time. Spring stood out early and very unusual, when there was almost no flood, and the river settled in the banks immediately after opening from the ice.
Casting with a feeder and even simple throws was more productive this time, since the feeders and sinkers, to be precise, lay down in front of the tree to which we tied, it was our boat at the beginning of fishing. The bells and bells, no, no, and they shook and rang from the bite of an undergrowth, or white-eyed owls, or crucian carp for a pound or eight hundred grams. It happened, and the ide made it dangerous to ring tightly stretched fishing line.
Key points of feeder fishing
Before moving on to my homemade gear, I will briefly dwell on the main points of feeder fishing by the English donka. It is clear that each angler has his own tricks and convenient tackle improvements for himself, often trifles that each selects individually for each pond for fishing conditions. But there are some generally accepted canons, which will be discussed.
Most often, the feeder is used on rivers with medium and strong currents. A relative of the feeder – picker – is more suitable for standing water bodies and often even successfully replaces a fishing rod when fishing for crucian carp on ponds, especially if the ponds are shallow and overgrown with grass, where long casting is required. So, the feeder … The lightest of the class of feeder rods are used for fishing on rivers, where the current is not as fast as on large rivers or small rivers with a steep channel slope. These are light or medium fishing rods. On the Volga open spaces or on other large rivers, as well as on forest narrow rivers, where the currents are also quite strong at the rifts and at the discharge into the pit, heavy and ultra heavy rods will be more appropriate. They also serve for long-range castings, which are often required on large rivers. For these conditions, heavy feeders up to 250 grams in weight are used.
How to install a feeder on the river
The installation of the feeder on rivers with a strong current differs from the installation on ponds and other quiet water bodies. Usually on the river the rod is placed on supports at an angle of at least 45 degrees, as this shortens the length of the fishing line in the water under the pressure of the water jets. It is generally accepted that it is safer to install the feeder slightly downstream in order to avoid breaking the rod or tip when cutting in a strong current, if the rod is perpendicular to the river channel or at an angle upstream. Practice shows that with careful fishing, breakdowns are rare, but when installed across the stream or even higher, bites are noticeable better.