Catching carp on fast rivers

River carp lives in a variety of reservoirs and rivers. Catching strong river fish remains in the memory of fishermen, causing an overwhelming desire to return to this place again and again. Catching carp in the rivers is quite different from fishing on the lakes, so ill-prepared angler can cause more negative emotions than positive. Of course, there are many bays with still water in which live colonies of barnacles, which is the main food source of river carp.

Fishing in bays virtually indistinguishable from fishing in lakes and fish feed comes in bays like clockwork. The only problem is that, having understood with sturgeon, local miners moved on to other fish. All the interesting places that comes to feed white fish, usually covered with nets to catch and have nothing. If the network is not present, it is likely that they will appear as soon as you break camp and catch a few fish, and move to another place – not an easy task.

So you should immediately seek secluded places, where there are no poachers and tourist camps. Designated likely small in size is not the most convenient in terms of everyday life, with a strong current. Unfortunately, increasingly we have to recognize that the convenience and active fishing in these parts – the concepts are incompatible.

Fishing season

Start catching carp can be in the middle of June, when the flood subsides. This is the best time for fly fishing: fish showing significant activity after spawning. With the decline of the water level there is a sharp reduction of food resources by draining large areas adjacent to the channel, which is also spurring the fish more active feed intake. One problem in this period – the presence of lice. It makes abandon fishing June 90% of anglers. Therefore, for most of the beginning of the fishing season carp – the first week of July and continues until November season. In my opinion, the best months – July and October.

Site Selection

I must say that the search for space for 4-5 or more people, each of which is specifically going to catch carp – occupation unpromising. Another seven or eight years ago it was possible to find a place where to hold competitions on catching this powerful fish, where 12 to 15 teams located at a distance of 50-70 m from each other, and all were to catch.

With the current density of fish in one area of ​​100-150 m can be set maximum 2-3 Stand Rod Pod. In addition to the interesting sites, where several times a day leaves to feed the fish and which is likely to catch do not have, for the reasons described above, it is worth paying attention to places with reverse current, with steep eyebrows and whirlpool downstream, where carp It spends most of the time.

The optimum depth for catching the summer will be 7-12 m, in the autumn with a significant decrease in temperature of 12-16 m. Of course, before you install a good idea to dedicate the camp one morning observations, studies using boats and binoculars a certain area of ​​the river.

In the morning, especially in warm weather, carp shows high activity and bursts of large fish to detect quite easily. If such a place is found, and it is possible to set up camp, provided half the battle. But before you make a final decision, it is necessary to understand how the place is suitable for fishing.

To explore this area is sufficient, which are about to post a snap, and also check for snags using a boat and sonar. However, the most reliable option – it is a test of the same cast marker rod with braided fishing line on the spool, which we use when fishing on the lakes, but with one sinker without a float. It can help you to tap into the bottom of the proposed fishing zone, to determine the presence of various obstacles, as well as the approximate distance to the edge and the desired casting distance.

The sinker in this case it is necessary to use the same mass and shape, as that will stand in a snap. But before we explore the bottom, it is necessary to answer the main question: whether it is possible in principle to catch in a given place? To do this, drop your token rod with one sinker, lower it to stand for 10-15 minutes and watch the fishing line. If the goods to which you intend to catch, he stopped under the brow, stopped moving, and then no hooks was exhausted on the beach, you can continue to explore.

Underestimating this point, you run the risk faced with a situation where, after the installation of the camp will be that Georgia, with which you are supposed to catch, will make the shore, and the use of double or heavier weights will make it impossible to use a simple snap-in (it will rest against the curb). And overload rods will not do them good.


Stands. Most anglers as supports under the rod using individual rack and thus spread them to a considerable distance from each other. Many believe, and rightly so – that when the snap blows over, less entangled fishing line, and in this case it is easier to display fish. But I prefer to set the rods in the compact Rod Pod. At a certain skill pulling the fish is not a problem. The big plus is that the rods are located near the site of your deployment.

Compact allows you to quickly and accurately determine what fishing lines crossed. To do this, you simply need to look at their position, becoming a rod. To cope with this problem is fairly easy: it is enough to change places on the stand rod. For fishing you can use during a normal stand Rod Pod for fishing on the lake with longer stands, but the best choice would be a special stand with increased resistance calculated in such conditions.

This is important since the load relief grove water stream transmitted on the stand is large. There are cases when the entire structure with a rod and reel falls on the sand, which is not beneficial for the latter. Long rack in such Rod Pod (Fox Ranger pod Solar Euro Worldwide pod) is already included. To improve the stability of the normal stand Rod Pod for fishing on the lake you need to choose the stand so long that they could stick in the sand at least 40-50 centimeters Given that most of the rod is set at an angle of 45-60 °, the standard rear-holders should be replaced for special – in the form of glasses.

Their main goal – to prevent the slide rods, installed at a large angle. When biting due to the large angle between the line and the last rod will not jump out of the glass, of course, if weakened by friction from the reel.

Signaling bite

The important point when choosing the electronic sensors – that they have a sensitivity adjustment. This is a very useful feature that allows you to eliminate the alarm condition with frequent twitches nozzle small fish in certain settings, as well as the increased pressure of fishing line. Given that the rods are arranged at a large angle, crosspiece with alarms to be turned towards the rod to the latter was positioned at an angle close to 90 °. Otherwise, the fishing line can simply not reach the alarm video, and you miss a bite. At the stands, intended for fishing on the river, this is available constructively. If it does not have to use two special adapter that set under the cross bar.

For mechanical sensors, not all the models are suitable for fishing in such conditions. It requires heavy artillery, as it should allow pulling the fishing line. The light-sensitive models, optimal for fishing on the lakes, are likely to be useless. As a visual alarms for fishing can be recommended during the Fox Euro Swinger and Fun Fishing FBI, heavy load that allows you to choose the best option tension fishing line.


Rods with small tests intended for fishing on the lake, as well as gear with parabolic action, hardly will stand in good stead if you still lucky and you find a good place in some Gulf. At catching on throughout, especially in the presence of obstacles require serious tools. The best option would be a powerful rod Q ‘fast action and a length of 13 feet (3.96 m) and test 3,5-4 lb, such as Century SP, FMG, FS or Carp Time Tornado.

They will not only throw a heavy load (optimal weight for these models will be dipazone140-170 g), but also quickly pick up the fish over the edge, to take her from snags or simply exhaust snap over the brow. The latter are sometimes becomes a real problem: on the line rods, stood motionless for a long time. I have had a situation where the exhaust equipment, been in the water for an hour, and it was impossible to transfer had strictly according to schedule. Do not have time to throw on time – will have to bail out snap on the boat.

Quick rod to some extent facilitates this task. A significant advantage of the derivation of the fish will have a rod with a large tulip (16 mm) and the first two rings. All the mud deposited on the line, will move down in the end, to the node leader shock, then the resulting beam is likely to get stuck in small rings, which will likely result in the loss of fish. Large rings will give you an extra chance in this situation.


They have to operate in rather harsh conditions – among the sand, which is a strong wind penetrates the coils. Therefore, you should choose the most reliable models that do not have the additional complication of the structure in the form baytranner. Suit large marine model sizes 4500-5500 classification Daiwa and Shimano 6000-12000 for classification. It is advisable to have a spare spool of fishing line for different diameters. After each reel fishing should be cleaned and lubricated.

The line and the leader

For fishing I use fishing line two diameters of 0.27 (0.28) mm and 0.34 (0.35) mm. having a high resistance to abrasion and small elongation. What is abrasion resistance; do not need to explain, I will say a few words about extensibility. Low-stretch fishing line provides an additional advantage when fishing near snags, when lifting fish at the curb snap, as mentioned above. More than a thin fishing line (0,27-0,3 mm) is best used in a situation where the fishing takes place at a considerable distance from the driftwood, and when it is necessary to throw away.

Moreover, not only due to the fact that a snap thicker fishing line cannot be at such a distance throw. Thick fishing line has a much larger sail – with all its consequences. As a rule, thicker fishing line sinkers have to use more weight. Therefore, a diameter greater than 0.35 mm I find little use for fishing within. Perhaps some anglers seem insufficiently reliable fishing line of this diameter, but “fresh” line was tested by the manufacturer, even having a diameter of 0.27 mm, will bring fish of any size.

All of the above applies to mono fishing line. Woven I prefer not to use it. In sharp bite inextensible fishing line can often get more fish before the angler will take the rod in your hand. After clutch coil is triggered with a certain delay due to the large angle between the fishing line and rod.

The only possible, in my opinion, the use of braids – a fishing boat in a remote snags. However, I did not catch this extreme love: aesthetics and not enough fish sorry. I think that those anglers, who want to catch not only today but also tomorrow, choose a more appropriate way of fishing. But the braided fishing line with him to take all the necessary for a shock leader.

Suitable scaffold with tenacity 45-70 Ib. Using special mono leaders for snags (Fox Snag Lider, Slink) is not always economically viable, despite the fact that they are superior to any “Twist” on abrasion resistance. The length of the leader shock may vary from 8 to 25, and even 30 m, depending on the steepness of the edge flow and strength.

Snap, sinkers, leashes. The most common option for fishing in the Lower Volga – parts and accessories with a sinker side, the process is mounting on the rubber cone or a secure clip depends on the fishing conditions. In the presence of snags desirable to use the clip, because much easier it will be to bring the fish without sinkers. For heavy weights is better to use the clip with metal bracket, which is securely fixed sinkers when casting.

For example, Fun Fishing firm’s clips withstand power casting sinkers weighing 200 g naturally, when fishing in clean shallow areas makes no sense to lose weights at each biting, in this situation would be the use of a cone or Inline snap. The length of the tube should be at least 40-50 cm in order to prevent cut fish shock leader in the process of fishing. This is important for those anglers who fish released.

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