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Freelining is along the same lines as fly fishing, you use a rod and a centre pin reel, but with this method you will have a hook on the end of the line and some form of bait on it.

You then cast it out and allow the bait to float down the river watching for a fish to rise and take it.

The method is not as popular today as it was twenty or thirty years ago. Most people are starting of fishing doing float or lure and to try free lining they would have to buy a centre pin reel, although you could use a fixed spool reel to do it, you run the risk of getting your line all tangled if you try to reel in the wrong direction.

This is one of the most natural ways of presenting the bait to the fish. To get it right requires a lot of practice, having said that you can still go down to the river on a summer day pop a worm, grub, maggot, castor or even a piece of bread on a hook. Cast it out into the water and catch a fish.

The method of presentation depends on the species of fish you are trying for and the bait you are using. For example if you are trying to catch perch you may be using anything from a maggot - which will float on the surface and draw the fish up to take it, to a nice big lobworm - which will drop below the surface and tumble along the bottom.

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