1. Setting up the rig

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The first part of our fishing guide looks at how to set up your rig; fishing with a short pole or a whip from the towpath side of the canal.

Things to remember: your equipment

  • You fish on the near side (towpath side) of the canal with a whip (short pole) and on the far side of the canal with a long pole
  • A ready-made rig contains a line, a float, weights and a hook. You attach this to your whip
  • The float is there to tell you when the fish is biting. If you see the float go under the water it means you have a bite
  • The weights are there to make sure the float sits correctly in the water with not too much of the tip showing
  • The hook is there to hold the bait

Choosing a place to fish

Areas to avoid:

  • Close to locks or in lock chambers
  • Water points
  • Swing bridges
  • Overhead powerlines
  • Directly next to a boat

Things to look out for:

  • Cover and habitat which are good fish holding areas
  • A flat peg

Setting up your station:

Remember: Stay safe! It’s safer to fish as part of a group and children must always have parental permission.

Before you go fishing you need a Rod Licence if you are 12 years of age or older and permission from the fishery owner/angling club.

Last date edited: 29 March 2018