The Italian
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THE ITALIAN WHIP FLOAT

The pencil whip float has been around for a long time, however  it is so underestimated in its use. This float was re-introduced to me when fishing in the World Championships in Italy 1992. It was so devastating in its application when catching fish at speed, so much so that I have been collecting a large range of sizes of this smart float .

As I was watching in ore at the Italian team practising this great little float, I couldn't perceive how affective this float was, until I tried it myself. I was amased to see the Italian team anglers catching at the rate of six to seven fish a minute.

I also had a helping hand from an extremely good angler, a local man who had fished internationals for Italy, Mr Emilo Hugio. He showed me how to set the float and work it in the swim, so I could catch upto six fish in a minute, cosisting of small roach, bleak and sunfish.

This float and its application of the method is perhaps the quickest  way I know of catching fish at speed. With results back home of  many 30lb + bags of bleak from the River Wye and double figure bags of gudgeon from the Warwick Avon as testimonials.

The float is a tapered flat top balsa construction with a small wire base and a nylon tip bristle, the secret is the way the float is shotted and fished in the swim.

Having been given a few rigs by my friends in the International field, I have ripped them apart and analysed the theory behind the set-up and how they work, they are  so simple and yet so affective in the way they are shotted, in fact the shotting pattern are almost tangle free.

The float is shotted down to its nylon bristle, with a bulk or olivette only six inches away from the hook. Between the bulk/olivette to the hook are twenty number twelve split shots aand a loop to loop hooklength attachment.

The reason and the theory for so many split shots become apparent when you use the method, the line below the olivette is always weighted and lays the line straight when flipping the weight of the float back into the swim when a bite is missed.

As the float settle's in the water and a bite is detected, the float is struck upwards a few inches and you can feel the fish on the line, if however you do not feel the fish on the line, the float is simply flipped back or settles back in the swim without the bait or the rig coming out of the water, allowing more time in the water to attract a fish.

A technique that needs to be practised, but yet a difinite winner on the day. Other tips for speed fishing includes hooking the maggot point first, so the maggot is crawling up the hook and line, also by pulling the maggot above the spade, it stops it from falling down into the bend of the hook.

Catching upto fifty fish on the same maggot is the aim, the less time wasted on re-baiting and recasting the more efficient one becomes, which accounts for more fish in the net.

THE ITALIAN WHIP FLOAT

The
                                          Italian whip float
Fishing the whip method, lift and leave

Fishing
                                          the method

Shotting

Shotting

Size
Colour



POLE FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE

3x10 = 0.10g (2 x No10 shot)
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x No9 shot)
4x12 = 0.2g (5x No10 shot)
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x No8 shot)
4x16 = 0.5g (8x No8 shot)
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x No3 shot)
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3 shot)
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x No3 shot)


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RIVER POLE  FLOATS

FRENCH PEAR SHAPE

REVERSE PEAR

SHOULDER PEAR


SMALL SHOULDER

LONG SHOULDER

LONG BODY RIVER

OVAL BODY


BARREL BODY

WINE BOTTLE

ROUND

RUDDER

DIPPER

STILLWATER POLE FLOATS

STILL WATER PEAR

STILL WATER REVERSE PEAR


EXTRA LONG PEAR

LONG CANE TIP

LONG OVAL

WIDE BASE

MATCHSTICK

BLOODWORM BALSA

ALL BALSA

CANALS

FUNNYFLOAT

PENCIL WHIP


BOLOGNESE



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WAGGLER INTRODUCTION

PEACOCK STRAIGHT

PEACOCK INSERTED

PEACOCK STEPPED


 BODY WAGGLER


TOP EYE WAGGLER

LOADED WAGGLER

STILL WATER  BLUE

HINGED WAGGLER

MISSILES

DART

MAGGOT  FEEDERFLOAT

GROUNDBAIT  FEEDERFLOAT


CLEARWAGGLER

BALSA WAGGLER

DUCKER

ONION

CROWQUILL  WAGGLER

SLIDER'S

TROTTERS

STICK FLOATS

LIGNUM STICK

LONG STICK

LIGHT CANE  STICK

PLASTIC STICK

WIRE STEM  STICK

BRISTLE STICK

FLAT TOP

BALSA FLOAT

CHUBBER

HALF BARREL CHUBBER

WHITE LOAF

SLIDING BALSA

AVON FLOAT

FLUTED

BOLOGNESE





RIVER POLE  FLOATS

FRENCH PEAR SHAPE

REVERSE PEAR

SHOULDER PEAR


SMALL SHOULDER

LONG SHOULDER

LONG BODY RIVER

OVAL BODY


BARREL BODY

WINE BOTTLE

ROUND

RUDDER

DIPPER

STILLWATER POLE FLOATS

STILL WATER PEAR

STILL WATER REVERSE PEAR


EXTRA LONG PEAR

LONG CANE TIP

LONG OVAL

WIDE BASE

MATCHSTICK

BLOODWORM BALSA

ALL BALSA

CANALS

FUNNYFLOAT

PENCIL WHIP




All floats within the Gold Medal range have been personally developed, built, tested, recommended and used by myself Clive Branson (Double Gold, Silver and Bronze medallist)

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The New range of body and feeder wagglers. First developed by Clive Branson during the 1970s

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This float was invented and adapted by a few anglers back in the season of 1977

The Groundbait Waggler


The New range of body and feeder wagglers. First developed by Clive Branson during the 1970s

The Hinged Waggler

This float was first developed and invented by an old and respected angler, the late Albert Friswell of Newport, Gwent

Bat
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The Big Chubber


This float is a larger cousin of the balsa float, but has been adapted for use on big wild rivers, although smaller versions are just as successful on smaller rivers. Developed for catching big chub and big bags of chub on big rivers

Bat
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The Rudder / Bat Float


Because of its flat body it can be controlled and held against a turbulent current very easily.

Bat
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The Funny Float


The funny float is a unique float unlike any other in the tackle box; it is used in conjunction with a whip.


UK SPLIT-SHOT WEIGHT GUIDE
Non-toxic shot
3SSG = 6 x AAA shot (4.8g)
2SSG = 4 x AAA shot (3.2g)
LG = (3g)
LSG = (2g)
SSG = 2 x AAA shot (1.6g)
AAA = 2 x BB shot (0.8g)
AB = 2 x No1 shot (0.6g)
BB = 2 x No4 shot (0.4g)
No1 = 3 x No6 shot (0.3g)
No3 = 2 x No6 shot ((0.25g)
No4 = 3 x No9 shot (0.2g)
No5 = 2 x No8 shot (0.15g)
No6 = 2 x No10 shot (0.1g)
Legal lead ‘dust/micro’ shot
(Note: The higher the number, the
smaller the shot)
No8 = (0.06g)
No9 = (0.05g)
No10 =(0.04g)
No11 = (0.03g)
No12 = (0.02g)
No13 = (0.01g)
 
CONTINENTAL STYL
WEIGHTS

(Note: The higher the number, the
larger the shot)
No7 =0.01g
No8 = 0.017g
No9 = 0.025g
No10 = 0.035g
No11 = 0.048g
Continental lead styls from No12 to
No20 are all illegal in this country.

POLE FLOAT
CONVERSION GUIDE


3x10 = 0.10g (2 x No10 shot)
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x No9 shot)
4x12 = 0.2g (5x No10 shot)
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x No8 shot)
4x16 = 0.5g (8x No8 shot)
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x No3 shot)
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3 shot)
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x No3 shot)
6x20 = 1.5g (6 x No3 shot)






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