The biggest mistake normally sees the wrong choice of float size for a given situation. In addition many anglers, especially newcomers to the sport, use the wrong shotting patterns down the line. When selecting a waggler I always adopt a very simple equation. That is sensitivity versus buoyancy. I always ask myself "What am I trying to achieve?" Am I looking for delicate presentation offering the minimum amount of resistance in the float tip or am I looking for buoyancy in the float tip? This could be for dragging line along the riverbed or for carp fishing up in the water.

This week we're looking at the most sensitive of wagglers, the insert variety. It's no secret that I prefer peacock as my number one waggler float material. I accept the fact that a lot of anglers like plastic floats but for me nothing works quite like a waggler made from peacock quill.

My straight insert wagglers range from 2BB capacity up to around 4AAA. These sizes of float cover maximum loosefeeding distances which is where the insert waggler really scores. Regular introductions of loose feed and regular casting to present the hookbait on the drop will bring more bites than infrequent feeding and leaving the tackle in the water. Generally speaking you will need to use very light shotting down the line. Number ten or eight shots should be adequate. Small hooks and single maggots or casters will complete the job.

Feed small amounts often and you should soon be putting plenty of fish in the net.