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The German
Barrel
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THE BARREL POLE FLOAT

This barrel float is unique; perhaps the beginning of big river/canal pole floats, as we know them. The year was 1980, the country was Germany, and the venue was the Mannheum canal.

This huge canal was over 18ft deep, flowing and full of big bream, the method was very difficult for most teams to come to terms with.

Come the day, Germany swept all before them, with record section points win, only 7 penalty points out of a possible 5. By using this float in fast running water catching huge bags of fish.     The method was simple, just over shot this float, pin the bulk as close to the bottom as possible, and hold still.

The bream respond to still baits and this float produced a static bait, three times World champion Wolfgang Kremkus amassed over 35lbs in just three hours to win the team individual.

  As you could imagine the talk was about these magical floats and how they overcome the conditions, English anglers in particular were amazed at these, and it wasn't long before they made a way into our tackle boxes.

Since that amazing day, running water floats have developed considerably and have come a long way from those barrel floats. Yet I am sure one day they will make a come back and here are some of the methods to use.

The depth must be plumbed just over full depths the float is held against the flow, over shotted. The slightest quiver of the wire bristle records bites, and sometime the fish hook themselves.

The pole eye is situated on the side of the barrel to allow the float to be kept still in a heavy tow.   The Italian team use this float also to great affect, when fishing fast waters, they will over depth the float, another words, the float will be suspended out of the water, just above the water line.

The float has no resistance whatsoever and by touch, and looking at the float the slightest movement, they will strike.

This method has worked well for me on the River Wye when up in food, just tripping bottom in a raging flood, it is the only float I know that that will do this job.

BARREL POLE FLOAT

 
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POLE FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE

3x10 = 0.10g (2 x No10 shot)
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x No9 shot)
4x12 = 0.2g (5x No10 shot)
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x No8 shot)
4x16 = 0.5g (8x No8 shot)
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x No3 shot)
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3 shot)
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x No3 shot)

Contents of directory....

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RIVER POLE  FLOATS

FRENCH PEAR SHAPE

REVERSE PEAR

SHOULDER PEAR


SMALL SHOULDER

LONG SHOULDER

LONG BODY RIVER

OVAL BODY


BARREL BODY

WINE BOTTLE

ROUND

RUDDER

DIPPER

STILLWATER POLE FLOATS

STILL WATER PEAR

STILL WATER REVERSE PEAR


EXTRA LONG PEAR

LONG CANE TIP

LONG OVAL

WIDE BASE

MATCHSTICK

BLOODWORM BALSA

ALL BALSA

CANALS

FUNNYFLOAT

PENCIL WHIP


BOLOGNESE



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