The Balsa Float


 

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THE BALSA FLOAT

As far as my research goes balsa wood has been a float making material only since the 1920, balsa proceeded by cork and elder pith.

The first balsa floats were running water floats, rounded in an elongated cigar shape, anglers found these to be an excellent buoyant float. Casting and Trotting, with these floats were far easier than most floats available at the time.
Because of its buoyancy, and easy to shape, balsa wood was adapted to many floats and with a mixture of balsa with other materials, floats took on other dimension and a vast range of floats came to being.

The basic balsa running water float was very adaptable, with a double rubber, holding the float on the line, anglers could trot a swim with ease. With the concept of these floats taking on chub float types, trotters, sliders, fluted, and eventually the stick float.
Balsa floats are still used to day on fast running water, and with the technology of aerodynamics the shapes can vary depending on the conditions and venues.

I use a running water balsa float on many occasions, usually on rivers like the Severn or the Wye, to help ride turbulent swims, catching dace, chub, roach.
Balsa floats are very good in the larger size's carrying up to nine swan shots or more, and the smaller sixes can be used for close in work and in particular a sliding balsa for deep swims.

When shotting the basic balsa float, it is best to use a bulk two thirds downy this allows the float to cast very easy, under arm or over arm. With the dropper shots, it is best to keep it simple, either one or two shots down, this helps stop tangle's upon casting.
Using this method is very easy and I recommend it to beginners of running waters, and when mastered then other floats can be attempted. Round dome shaped top is best to be able to see the float at distances, greasing the main reel line helps when trotting.

THE BALS
A FLOAT

 



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