Shrewsbury weir pool has always been full of snags and if you fish there it is something you have to deal with. Traditionally we all fished with floating devons and as already highlighted, you need to rig so if the lead snags it can beak away leaving the devon still attached. The best way I know for this is paternoster style which if used with pencil leads is far less likely to snag than the traditional wye lead set up.
My reel line consists of 44 lbs braid with about 15ft of 20 lbs maxima attached to the end by way of a fishermans knot – 9 turns on the braid and 5 turns on the monofil. To the end of this I attach a swivel and a trace of about 3ft of 18 lbs maxima to the wooden devon. The weight is attached via 3 or 4 inches of 12 lbs monofil to the top eye (reel side) of the swivel. Using this method if the lead snags and I have to pull for a break the weak link to the lead breaks and I usually get the minnow back.
The idea of the 15ft of 20 lbs maxima attached to my braid is to:
- protect the braid from abrasion on the rocks
- extend the life of the braid as the monofil section is quickly and easily replaced if/when it gets damaged or shortened.
- keep the reel correctly loaded for maximum casting distance.
- provide a cushion for the hook hold when a salmon is on a short line. Braid can’t do as it has virtually no give.
As for single hooks mounts for devons these are now available commercially or are simple enough to make. Alternatively you can simply snip two of the points off any treble hook mounts you have and crush the barb on the remaining point and you are ready to go.