Tench feeder rig

When going after tench there are many tactics that can be used, for instance when you are on a larger gravel pit it is a feeder approach that often scores. This is thanks to its characteristic of placing bait close to the hookbait even when fishing towards distant gravel bars and other features. 

While the feeder is brilliant for tench, it often has to be rigged-up with a short hooklength stopped close to the feeder to prove successful for tench. This is because tench tend to sift through food and detritus while hardly moving. Use a long hooklength and the hookbait is likely to be expelled before a bite is registered! 

Maggots, casters and worms are all brilliant tench baits because they mimic the fish’s natural diet, and this rig can be used with all three of these baits. To make the hookbait stand out, it pays to pop-up the bait. This can be easily achieved using a slither of rig foam attached to the hair, with the bait fished on the hook. Follow the steps below to learn how to tie this brilliant rig... 

Tie a size 10 forged hook to a short length of 8lb fluorocarbon using a knotless knot   and attach a slither of red rig foam to the hair

Tie a size 10 forged hook to a short length of 8lb fluorocarbon using a knotless knot and attach a slither of red rig foam to the hair

 
At the other end of the hooklength attach a mini swivel using a four-turn grinner knot. The hooklength should be around 4in long

At the other end of the hooklength attach a mini swivel using a four-turn grinner knot. The hooklength should be around 4in long

 
             Slide a medium-sized Clinger on to the mainline, followed by the hooklength swivel and then another Clinger

            Slide a medium-sized Clinger on to the mainline, followed by the hooklength swivel and then another Clinger

 
         Slide a mini rig sleeve on to the mainline and then tie on a medium-sized Oval feeder               

         Slide a mini rig sleeve on to the mainline and then tie on a medium-sized Oval feeder              

 
           Adjust the Clingers so the hooklength is fixed just above the feeder           

           Adjust the Clingers so the hooklength is fixed just above the feeder