This particular stick float was developed by a midland
angler Mark Cordon for tackling the deep swims of the Warwickshire
Avon, it also allows an angler to mend the line without taking it off
its downward trot, or riding up out of the swim.
This float can in some
circumstances catch the flow, enabling it to trundle down the swim in
its natural current, and because of the long stem in can help to combat
A rod of 14ft or 15ft is best used
on this float, enabling the long stem to cast well out into the swim.
When striking into the fish, it is
best to strike upwards, allowing a more direct contact with the fish.
Shotting the long stick can be
done, either by a bulk down or a string of reducing size split shots,
this float has a good record in local matches, and I can see the time
when it may be a recognized float in all tackle box.
When I first used this float it
took a time to get to grips with it, unlike the smaller cousins of the
stick it acts completely different in the water, and I believe this
float is very good at long range trotting. .
Most of the float contains a
tapered cane combined with a bulbous top balsa body, the overall length
is about 12" to 14" I find I must use four silicone float rubbers
to secure the float to the line.
Plummeting the depth in deep water
especially with a stronger flow, can some times be arduous, I normally
run the float through until I find it dragging under, then pulling it
up the line until I get a clear run.
With a very
strong down stream wind I can put as much as four or five number ten
shot above the float about eight inches apart. This helps stop the line
from bowing and passing the float, dragging it quicker than the natural
flow of the water. Always allow the above shots against the shotting
capacity of the float.
THE LONG STICK FLOAT