The Stillwater pear shaped float, is perhaps the most
popular float for Stillwater fishing, this is particularly true with
canal or lake fishing, the shape of the float can hold against a wind
drift and at the same time, can be very sensitive to shy biting fish.
Developed many years ago with an elder pith body, this
was before balsa became so popular, elder pith was easily shaped and
very buoyant, using cane tips and bases, this was the forerunner of pole floats. The
pear body can come in many shapes, and sizes, rounded, elongated and
squat, while bristle stems can be made of nylon, cane, wire, glass, and
the base stem made from carbon, piano wire, cane, and glass.
The float in the illustration is a basic pear design,
with a smaller rounder pear for use with a drift or tow and can be used
on most still waters. The basic
shotting is by a bulk downy either bunch split shot or an Olivetti
about 12" to 18'' from the hook. The hook length being a smaller
diameter and the breaking strain should then carry the dropper shots or
Style weights are different than split shot; they are
longer pieces of lead or non-toxic substitutes. And because they are
longer in their application than split shots, they allow a wider
distribution of weight on the line and are less likely to weaken the
line when squeezed on, a special style pinches are required.
Styles also have the benefit of giving a slower
presentation of hook baits in the water, as the weights are more evenly
spread, with the added bonus of less shot bites, especially when
introducing hemp seed into the swim.
Fishing line these days are of excellent
quality with finer diameters, and elasticity in the hook lengths,
allowing stronger application when hooking big fish. I was one of the
first anglers to introduce these new lines on the market back in the
late 198Os. At the time the French company Waterqueen who wanted me to
introduce these fine line concepts into Great Britain sponsored me. Now
anglers all over see the benefit of these lines and are now being used
THE STILL WATER PEAR