The balsa waggler is another
one of those old floats that have stood the test of time, and is still
used in to-days modern angling. Although balsa was used more for
body shaping which added extra weight and buoyancy, combined with other
materials, it also shaped other floats, namely for running water.
Shaping balsa by sanding down and making long antenna
type floats, were conceived in the early 1950s by the shortage of crow
quills nationwide. The concept was perceived by anglers looking for an
alternative, balsa being readily available was easy to turn and shape,
hence the evolution of the balsa waggler The float has a gentle taper
from tip to base, the later being thicker for locking and bulking split
shots, (see diagram) for the
ease of casting.
The fine tip was very sensitive for shy bite's and could
be coloured in various shades of band's to detect on the drop bites
Because of the nature of the tapered balsa shotting this waggler float
could be finely tuned. So that the presentation would be more natural,
perhaps than any other waggler float could pro- duce. The shotting
could be reduced drastically at the hook length end; because of the
taper of the float smaller shots could be used creating a very slow
drop, consequently a more natural presentation.
This balsa waggler is best used on still or slow moving
waters, in fast water it would probably not cock in time, before
reaching the end of the swim. The balsa waggler is ideal on
canals and can be used in conjunction with the whip.
fishing a team match on the Kennet and Avon canal in Wiltshire, on one
occasion and I remember catching reasonably well on a tapered balsa
waggler using a rod and line, but I felt I could increase my catch rate
by using a whip to hand, so quickly I cut the length from my rod to the
top of my whip and attached. I ended up with 141b of small blades
(skimmers) winning my section and coming third in the match. I
certainly use a balsa waggler for slow presentation. This balsa waggler
is best used on still or slow moving water infant water it would not
cock in time, before reaching the end of the swim.
(I Now use a plastic bottom eye for durability)