Things Get Worse

Three hours trotting red maggots over hemp, not a bite. Used a float that took 7 grams to cock, but still couldn't hold back against the flow effectively.
Its difficult to fish this river in the winter as the fish seem to want the bait held back hard which is difficult when you consider the strength of the flow.
So i swallowed my pride and went on the tip.
First cast - missed bite.
Second cast - struck into fish, snapped hooklength.
Third cast - Played chub of between 2-3lbs, shed hook as i was reaching for landing net.
I didnt fish on, and packed up in disgust.
Pass me the nine iron!