The Best Flatbed Feeders

Tackle Tester Dan Webb reveals his favourite cold-weather feeder choices

The Best Flatbed Feeders

by Angling Times |

Matrix open alloy feeders

Full alloy constructed feeders that come complete with a Quick Bead. The feeders are slotted, so they can be removed without tackling down. The inline tubes can be replaced with elasticated versions, available separately. Slots and holes ensure quick bait release, while a tapered weight-down design ensures they always fly straight and true.

Price: £2.99, elasticated tubes £2.75 for two, www.fishmatrix.co.uk

Matrix open alloy feeders
Matrix open alloy feeders

Guru Hybrid Feeder

Probably the most famed flatbed feeder out there, Hybrids are dead easy to load, and allow a fast breakdown of the bait thanks to strategically placed slots and holes. They can be used both inline or elasticated, thanks to the removable stems.

The clever X-Safe elasticated stems also have a built-in release mechanism, which means a fish won’t remain tethered to the feeder should the mainline break.

Price: £2.79 - £2.99, X-Safe elasticated stems £3.49 for two, www.tackleguru.com

Guru Hybrid Feeder
Guru Hybrid Feeder

Guru Multi Maggot feeder

Unique to the market, this inline feeder has all the presentation and

self-hooking benefits of a flatbed feeder, but it’s able to feed that superb autumn bait in its raw form – live maggots!

In Large, Medium, Small and Mini sizes – what’s more, the inline stem can be replaced by any of Guru’s elasticated X-Safe stems.

Price: £2.99, X-Safe elasticated stems £3.49 for two, www.tackleguru.com

Guru Multi Maggot feeder
Guru Multi Maggot feeder

Preston XR Banjo feeder and Mould

This latest incarnation of the Banjo is a mix of alloy and plastic to get it weighed correctly for perfect flight and presentation on the bottom.

Both inline and elasticated stems versions are available, and a slot in the feeder allows you to quickly switch feeders without tackling down.

A quick release spring-loaded mould ensures the feeder is loaded perfectly every time.

Price: £2.99, ICS elasticated stems £2.99 for two, XR Banjo Moulds £3.79, www.prestoninnovations.com

Preston XR Banjo feeder and Mould
Preston XR Banjo feeder and Mould

Drennan method bomb

As simple as it gets – just thread your line through the feeder and attach the provided connector bead. No other purchase is required, apart from a hooklength.

These feeders are quick to load and quick to release the payload once in the water thanks to the slots in the base.

They cast well thanks to the streamlined and weight-down design.

Four different sizes make this simple feeder even easier to get to grips with.

Price: £2.65, www.drennantackle.com

Drennan method bomb
Drennan method bomb

Cresta inline Easy fill feeder

Raised plastic sides hold the bait in place and make loading a doddle without a mould. Elasticated tubes and hooklink connectors are also available. These are compatible with Cresta Method and pellet feeders, so the tube can be left on the line and the made-up rod carried in a bag with the feeder removed.

Price: £2.49, easy change elasticated tubes £2.49 for one tube and two elastics, www.fishcresta.eu

Cresta inline Easy fill feeder
Cresta inline Easy fill feeder
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