I have been told that in order to avoid having to wind in for boat and canoe traffic on river I should use a backlead. When fishing my local river it is normal to use a 3 to 4 oz lead due to the flow and have the rod nearly vertical, say about 15 degrees from the vertical. Bite detection is by watching the rod tip which can move quite a lot due to the current.
Using a backlead would seem odd in this situation as the line would go almost vertically up the rod then straight down to the river bottom near the margins and then across the weedy bottom and I suspect would not be good for bite detection. The alternative would be to have the rod tip in the water, like you would when carp fishing on a windy day, which would give a better line lay but how do you detect bites then? I suspect that you couldn't use a bite alarm as the current would constantly set it off. I would also think a bobbin would go up and down like the proverbial ........
Is a backlead a non starter in this situation? Any ideas.
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