THE CROW QUILL WAGGLER
the grandfather of all floats, the humble crow quill. The tapered shape
make's this natural material, for float making. It’s buoyant and yet
sensitive. It’s readily available, and can be used on numerous float
designs. From wagglers to avons.
Perhaps the use for the natural
crow quill as a waggler have been lost in the sands of time, making way
for modern materials, yet I know of modern day angler, who has used
this timeless float to the best affect possible.
He has scored with so many
successes using this float, he went on to win the prestigious Kammasan
title, and then go on to represent his country. His name is Mike Stone
From Somerset. Down on the Tuanton canal he has cleaned up for a few
years using this waggler in conjunction with punched bread and a whip.
This float is limited in its
applications, yet when used close in for either rod or whip fishing it
cant be beat. Fishing in a down stream mode, burying the line, it can
prove a brilliant catching machine, very sensitive, burying it self-on
a bite or rising high unmistakable with a lift bite.
The quill can also be used in
conjunction with a body at its base giving another dimension to its
The crow quill when used, as a
waggler should in fact be a reverse crow quill, in other words the
finer tip should be on the top of the float and the wider at the base.
These days the float should have an eye whipped to its bases, as in old
times they used rubbers, and as you can imagine the twists and tangles
A small loaded insert is best or as
I have used, a small plastic eye with a body. Shotting the float must
be done with extreme care, as the taper of the float can be deceiving
and with only a small number 12 shot overload. It can sink the float
Using this float with a whip can be
very rewarding; I have used this float with great affect on a still
water pond in Neath S Wales, and have caught in five-hour matches
weights of 5Olb, 64lb all golden
Shotting this float with light
number tens and twelve’s will give you one of the slowest bait
presentation possible, with a quick flick of the whip or rod end, sinks
the line for more wind resistance.
can also be used in conjunction ' with a body at its base giving
another dimension to its application.
THE CROW QUILL WAGGLER
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