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Off the shelf river groundbaits are a bit heavier and more binding in consistency. This is obviously to help them get to the bottom in flowing water and hold there long enough for fish to find them. Most river recipes are geared up for chub, bream, barbel and roach, leaning towards darker brown colours, which makes them less obtrusive – important when targeting shy wild fish. This type of feed suits hard balling techniques and use in open-end feeders.