THE LIGNUM STICK FLOAT
The Lignum stick float has become
popular within the last few decades, a re-discovered float, that gives
weight to the float for casting to mid river or far bank
With major success on rivers such
as the Trent, Seven Avon, Thames etc.. The Lignum stick float can be
used when casting out at a distance from the bank; with its heavy
lignum wood base, which has replaced the normal cane. The extra weight
will carry the float when casting to areas of the swim where an
ordinary stick could not.
Long before lignum cane became
fashionable a loaded stick float would comprise of a heavy base such as a hard wood stem or as the well known angler from
the Midlands Paul Newell told me that he used a paint brush stem to
give it weight, which allowed him to cast to the far bank of the
Warwickshire Avon resulting in a lot of match winnings.
The lignum stick is a big stick and
best fished at distance, carrying between 5bb and 8bb shots. It is an
ideal float to use as an alternative to a waggler giving a different
With a slight up stream wind this
float can ease through the swim very gentle and almost put the bait
into the mouths of the fish.
Casting the lignum stick is best
done with a sweeping side cast, feathering the line that allows the
shot to lay out in front landing on the water in a neat line. Overhead
casting for longer distances must be done with a sweep of the rod, from
in front of you, making an arc backwards and casting out, making sure
that the line of shots stay in a straight line.
I find by greasing the reel line
with a silicone spray or a grease pad, the line stays floating and when
mending the line to the float, the float will not move out of position.
The secret is to keep a tight line from the reel to float but not to
impede its downward trot, unless to hold back allowing the bait to rise
of the bottom.
Dragging the bottom of the swim can
be done easily with this float it helps to slow down the float and the
bait, making it very appealing to lazy fish. This method has accounted
for many match winnings for me and other anglers in the know. The shape
of the stem has a slight bulb at its base, this allows more weight and
helps with the stability of the float.
THE LIGNUM STICK FLOAT