Cascading white water and swirling flows can make weir pools intimidating places for anglers.
However, one of the all-time golden rules about fishing is that features mean fish. So any fisherman willing to take on the challenge of a raging weir pool can expect success.
From barbel to pike, virtually every species has a home here, it’s just a matter of working out where.
Don’t worry about all that heaving surface water – by cutting beneath the surface commotion you’ll find the bottom is remarkably sedate and easier to fish than the surface torrent would lead you to believe.
These will normally lay back a little from the white water and to one side of the pool, especially if cover is present. Because the surface here is still turbulent, stick to legering. A big bait will easily be spotted so paternoster a piece of cheese paste or bread flake.
These will hide in ambush by using the undercut below the weir sill as cover. Try using only a small amount of shot pinched directly onto the line with a big lobworm on the hook. You can then use the backflow to bounce it into position.
With the torrent of white water so obviously visible it’s logical to suppose that the bottom is equally as turbulent. But, in truth, it’s almost calm. Barbel will sit at the point where the flow begins to pick up again. So try a piece of luncheon meat or pellet and use stout gear.
Big roach sit in the middle of the pool. The water is deep and calm – the ‘eye of the storm’. A maggot feeder is my main attack and I look for drop back bites. The rig (below) is a fine line set up – step it up if you’re connecting with chub or barbel.
Pike aren’t slow on the uptake when a meal is available. By sitting towards the end of the deeper water, especially near a snag, they are able to zoom in and out on surprise attacks. Try a large smelly herring on a simple bottom rig and weaker ‘rotten’ lead link.
While bream aren’t normally associated with flowing water, they seem attracted to weir pools. Target areas where the frothy water smoothes out with an open-ended feeder and a pellet hookbait. You may be surprised by the result.
UNDERWATER VIEW - Locating different species
Weir feeder rig