Hi guys, thanks for the replies. Did try to update before but my phone wasn't letting me.
Chill factor - the tips higher worked a treat, found that the margin corner had the strongest flow so as long as the line cleared this I was fine. Just don't like this idea of how the presentation is when fishing high and tight. But needs must and all that. Any ideas on better presentation wouldn't go a miss, although this one will be more of a try it and see I believe!
Salo - not USA based my friend, the eagle part is the palace in me
Upstream is a no go and I'm on 3.5 flat pears, seem to be ok as long as the tips are high enough. But going to get some grippers as I'd be silly not too.
Carpsoup - started beginning of this month and more than likely going to give it a good bash until next summer. There's some beasts in there Well apparently so. Had 4 fish and lost 1 in 2 sessions to just under 17lb...... 2 of which chub to just over 4lb. Not a bad bit of sport the chub, thought the bigger was a carp until just before the net. First time I've fished a river for carp.
Fishing the Sussex Ouse by the way