long body river pole float is an ideal float for trotting a long swim
and taking fish on the drop.
Similar to the long shouldered pear
float, this float has a slightly different applications due to its long
body and very small shoulder, this float can be used when fishing
shallow or deeper swims whilst presenting the bait on the drop.
All floats have names put on them
by their respective float making companies, and this float has had many
names including the pencil float. Perhaps one the most popular made
pole float in existence. The French company Waterqueen who sponsored me
for a few season, is the one that I used, although Milo and Trabucco
also make a fine example. And now I have brought this great float to
the British Anglers through my Company Gold Medal Floats. I call it the
LB Avon float
The float is a long pencil shape
with a small shoulder, nylon bristle, and a wire stem, ( I make mine
with a Fibre Glass stem for extra strength as wire can bend when moving
the float up the line) the float is held on the line with the usual eye
on top of the body, and three silicone tubing sleeves, on the stem, one
on the top the second in the middle and last one on the base.
I sometimes colour my nylon bristle
tips with either white tipex or a black felt pen for changing
background colour, the size's from 4xl8 up to l 1/2 gram, using the
smaller floats on very shallow water shotted with a string of styles or
micro shots, reducing down to the hook length for slow on the drop
Fishing this float is very easy, it
travels down the swim with the natural flow of the river, and holding
back does tend to lift the bait up. A very sensitive float that could
be used in conjunction with seed baits.
When shifting this float out in the
water, it is best done by laying the float and shots out, down stream,
so that their are no shot tangles. And the shots may fall in the water
Plumbing the depths so to allow
this float method to trot the swim without
dragging under, and then at the end of the swim, pull up and place back
on top of swim, feed and let the presentation start again.
This method has produced some
brilliant catches for me in the past, on the Warwickshire Avon catching
dace on the way down, chub at mid river depth and roach just off bottom
I can't recommend them enough and all serious river anglers should have
a set in thier tackle box.
(Sept 1996) I won an
open at Twyford Farm on the Warwickshire Avon, using this method and
catching ll lb 1 loz of mixed dace, roach, chub and perch.
BODY RIVER POLE FLOAT
FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE
3x10 = 0.10g (2 x
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x
4x12 = 0.2g (5x
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x
4x16 = 0.5g (8x
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x