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.
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
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
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
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.
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