One of the biggest developments over the last couple of seasons has been the introduction of low diameter braided lines. Although braided lines have been around for many years, and had until recently, lost favour with most anglers, the new generation of braided lines have many advantages which anglers are only just coming to grips with. Braids aren't ideal in all situations though, so this week we'll take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of this new technology.
In the winter, special baits really come into their own. After a summer of pursuit, winter barbel can be quite cagey, and when conditions are not perfect they can be difficult to tempt with conventional baits.