English Fishing

The technique of English Fishing originated in the British Isles and arose from the need for British fishermen to overcome some difficulties in sport fishing because of a rainier and windy climate than in the rest of Europe and because in most rivers And reservoirs, the fish, more suspicious, tended to stay very far from the banks.

English fishing has proven itself as an effective technique and with excellent results in the competition, since it allows capturing long distance, 20/25 or even 40/50 meters, at any depth and in adverse situations with regard to the current and the wind.

The fisherman in English fishing can use two different systems. This technique consists in placing the bait in depth running the wire by the float, is used yarn sinking, some variants to this technique allow to place the float fixed. The depth of the bait relative to the float is defined by a sliding knot or lead placed on the Buywyncote before the float.

The use of either system depends on the depth of the water, or at the sole option of the fisherman:

With fixed float, for fishing boats with depth less than the length of the cane.

With slider, for depths superior to the cane.

The use of the running float is apparently more complicated for those who start with this sport fishing technique, but indispensable for obtaining good results in most of our rivers and reservoirs.


The reeds should consist of 3 bodies and be between 3.90 and 4.20 meters long, less or more stiff but with guaranteed resistance, capacity to be able to launch floats up to 20 g., And with a necessary number of pins for Better control of launch and recovery.


Light trailers with “match” conical coils with a maximum capacity of 200 or 250 meters of wire. It will be necessary to have several bobbins with different wire diameters.


The fundamental characteristic of the yarn to be used is based on its sinking properties. After each launch you will need to recover some wire to position it well stretched and below the water line. Usually a 0.12 for a normal fishery and a 0.14 for greater depths, long distances or larger specimens will suffice.


In the wide range of buoys on the market, mostly made of peacock feathers or fibers and lead incorporated in several of their models, they must always take into account their use in each fishing situation:
“bodied” or “Onion” with “flyer” and “swinger” for greater distances, greater depth and moderate wind;
A stick for flowing but stable waters;
The “avon” for waters greatly altered by the wind or stronger currents.

The “waggler” type (insert and straight) or the flyer for shallow water and the short distance.


The leads should be soft for quick and effective replacement and of all sizes from the “ssg” to # 13. When using float locking leads, use silicone wires to protect the assembly. The same characteristic applies to olives.

New Releases

The English reed should be cast in Xicote when using a fixed float. In addition to helping give direction to the launch, it makes it longer. Once thrown and when it is almost touching the water you must lock the wire, for that it is enough by a finger on the reel of the reel with care. This will cause all of the wire that is below the float to the hook to be carried forward never enliving with what is above the float.Note that at the launch is the float that goes ahead and the two sections of wire (reel and assembly) see behind. After the assembly falls into the water, the tip of the cane must be placed in the water and rolled up until all the wire to sink is visible. From this moment we are in fishing action. See the animated gif of thewhip release.

Fishing With Sliding Buoy

Fixed Float Fishing

The small wagglers can be locked simply between plugs, but it is preferable to make the assembly detachable to change buoys according to the conditions (wind, current…). The simplest knot is called the “tetine” (D). The tetine is threaded over the line body, and the base of the waggler is inserted into the tetine. For heavy wagglers (A), it is preferable to adopt stronger ties as the Stonfo (B and C) models. There are special ties (E) for coulissant mounting (sliding rig) or the float slides up to a knot (F).