I am not quite sure this is the best place to put this question but ..........
On the Loddon, which is small and quite fast, the way I barbel fish is with the rod high, a 1 oz running lead and a tight line. I have tried the rod low and, even with 4 oz leads the end tackle drifts round. I have always fished a tight line but can see that a taut line running straight to the bait might make the barbel wary.
I am thinking of fishing a slack line but just want some reassurance on how this is best done. At the moment I wait for the lead to settle then tighten up to it. If I want to fish a slack line do I then just let a few yards of line off the spool or is this too much or too little? Do I need a backlead with this set up or not (or is it optional?). If I need a backlead would a clip on one be best or a flying backlead? Do I need a larger lead (I can't see why I would but carpers seem to use 4 - 6 oz leads).
If anyone has used a slack line on small fast flowing rivers I would be interested to know.
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.