Description: Another great tip from Trevor
Rigs: The lift method is still float fishing. It is probably most widely used for tench and carp fishing because of the way the fish feed. The reason it is called the lift method is because when a bite occurs, the float lifts out of the water, rather than going under. In my opinion, this method is much more efficient at detecting bites from carp in shallow water.
When fishing the lift method Try to use a straight float that isnt too long. Peacock quills are excellent for fishing the lift because they are extremely light.You can normally get three or four good floats out of one long peacock quill. I normally paint the top will red.Just use a float rubber to attach it to the line, you can then easily slide it up and down.However, it is not always that easy to get hold of a peacock quill, unless you happen to live near a zoo. I actually now use a small crystal float that is around 4 inches long.They normally have a thin fluorescent top that is very easy to see. I use small rubber float stops that you slide onto the line to lock the float. I find that this method performs a lot better than the old peacock quill.The rubber float stops normally keep the float very secure, unlike the bands on the old peacock quills, they would often slide when you strike.setting up the lift method is simplicity in itself.You dont have to bother about complicated shot patterns, all you do is place a single shot anywhere between three and 6 inches from the hook. It really depends on how big the float is to how big the shot should be.You need to choose a shot that will pull the float under. So, you may need to use a 2SSG to achieve your goal. If you dont use a shot that will pull float under, you will not know if the shot is actually on the bottom.You then alter the float so that when the weight is resting on the pond floor, the float tip is just visible above the surface. Some people actually submerge the float completely so that when the float appears above the surface, they know they have a bite. Personally I like to see the float. The reason being is because you often get traditional bites where the float does go under so I prefer to keep about half an inch of float sticking out of the water. If you do choose to fish the float just under the surface, watch for the line moving away, this sometimes happens rather than the float lifting out of the water.
This is how the lift method works,
when carp and tench feed, they often feed at an angle, When they lift their heads up with your hook in their mouth, they dislodge the shot, thus making the float, lift out of the water, rather than go under. You may see the float lift quite high out of the water, or it might suddenly lie flat on the surface. As soon as this happens, strike. The lift method is a superb way of catching carp very close in. They often stay in one place when feeding so will not pull the float under. Using the lift method is an ingenious way of detecting baits from feeding carp. If you are fishing over slightly uneven ground, you may have to move the float around occasionally so that it sits exactly right. If you are fishing at a slight distance using the lift method you may have problems finding the correct depth. If you find that you are slightly over depth, i.e. the float is laying flat, reel in very slowly until the float cocks. The line will be going down at a slight angle from the bottom of the float to the weight rather than straight down but it will still work. This method is also a good way of catching wary carp. Because the line is at an angle, there is less chance the carp will bump into it and become spooked. You may have to put the rod on some rests because the slightest movement will move the float.
Paste and banded pellet work extremely well when fished on the lift.
Give this method a go, I promise that you will be addicted to it before long.