Ok, so how i fish the worm.... size 6 kamasan hook, 4foot of mono to that, then a swivel. From the top eye of the swivel i tie a weak link of 6lb mono about 6 inches long. To that ill either add a few split shot, a drilled bullet or bounceing betty/jumping jack but that all depends on the river bed and depth.
I cast across and slightly downstream and keep my finger on the line to feel for nibbles with the bail arm off. What im aiming to do is bounce the weigh in an arc downstream and search out the pool/features while keeping tension on the line, when it gets downstream of me into the bank ill give it 30 seconds or so incase a fish is eyeing it up and then recast.
As its coming around, if you feel a nibble let the fish take it for a second or 2 then bail arm on and lift into it. Also watch the line where it enters the water as if it stops it could be that a fish has picked it up and is just stitting with it. Try not to let the fish have the worm for too long or itl swallow it and end up gut hooked.
Im sure others will have their way of doing it aswel and its just a case of what works for you.
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At times but more a case of if it picks it up i can give it some slack to take the worm back to its hold rather than the line going tight. Its years since ive fished the worm now though.I see you say that you keep the bail arm off, is that so it can keep working its way downstream (as if you were float fishing a river?) rather than just swinging it round?