RIVERS can be a daunting experience for many anglers as there is so much water to choose from.... but fear not. This article will help you!

The following river angling tips should help you locate the fish and put more specimens in the bottom of your landing net.

A good starting point would be spending an hour or two creeping along the banks.

This effort should yield all those likely holding areas, such as overhanging vegetation, rafts of debris and dead arms.

Oxygen-rich weir pools  are the likeliest spots if the levels have dropped.

One species which will definitely be eager for some grub is the dreaded minnow.

These are not so much a problem in winter, but they can be a pest in the warmer months.

So, if you’re using maggots, be sure to take plenty with you if you can afford them.

They are brilliant not only to feed the minnows off but also to draw target species from the cover and gain their confidence in feeding.

A steady trickle, even just three or four maggots every couple of minutes in colder months, can bring eventual great results.

Spend just half an hour feeding a swim before your first cast and you’ll improve your catch results no end.

Sky-lining is a cardinal sin that river angling aces will avoid.

Any decent fish in clear water simply won’t tolerate anglers looming over them.

Make use of any bankside cover to screen your whereabouts wherever possible.

If you don’t own a pair of polarising glasses – get some now!

You’ll be amazed at the difference a decent pair will make to your fish spotting.

They eliminate all that surface glare and allow you to spot fish you would certainly otherwise miss.

A peaked hat is also a must have on a bright sunny day.

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Covering as much water as possible will also put you ahead of the game. Make things easier for yourself and only take the essential items of gear with you, leaving all those bulky items of kit at home.

Regular feeding is essential to choke off nuisance minnows, and a steady trickle of red maggots is the golden rule for inducing the bigger specimens to feed more confidently and competitively.

Don’t scrimp on bait – a baitdropper is ideal for introducing decent quantities of feed hard on the river bed. Make several underarm casts, and then let the swim settle before gently flicking your bait out.

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it once more: don’t forget to take polarizing glasses and a peaked cap! These will make a big difference when it comes to spotting fish.

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