HANDCRAFTED FLOATS AND FISHING EQUIPMENT. 2017 -2020
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Just made this
" Chunky Straight Waggler ".
These are great for shallow water trotting when you need to slow the bait down dragging it along the bottom of the river bed.
Stained shallow water stick floats.
Here is the latest,
Straight Still Water Wagglers.
Two red/ pink and one orange.
And a river version with an elongated tip.
I have not made any porcupine quills for some time now so when I was asked to make one for my club chairman I decided to make a few extra.
I am still getting the hang of tube making.
Here is my latest offering.
This treble banded and double feather inlayed float tube is made from pine with a brass tag cap on the lid plus brass centring pins and latches
I have been immersed in work lately so floats and fishing have taken a back seat unfortunately.
Here are a pair of quills i have managed to finish.
I have just made a few more roach sticks for the river,
These can also double up as a silvers pole float for commercial still water fisheries.
The four below are very much like the originals but with a longer, thinner insert.
I hope you like them.
When I spot horse-chestnuts on the forest floor I know its time to start looking for the big shoals of silvers on the rivers.
Unfortunately the amount of rain fall we have had lately has stopped me from going out.
Here are two floats I have recently made for just this occasion.
A pair of
Two Tone Inserted Wagglers in pearlescent , metallic blue.
I hope you like them.
I was recently asked to make a very specific set of ......
These are finished in fluorescent red / pink and orange with black, gold and purple thread plus a jay feather for decoration.
" Casterman "
a pair of floats.
He required a cross between a standard avon style and a bolognese float.
Two new small
One straight, one stepped.
Both of these are for
and will be used mainly for grayling and chub fishing.
Taking 4 -5 no 4 shot these will be great for the shallow spate rivers he fishes.
The next styles to be up-graded are the " Domed Alloy Stick " & the " Inserted Alloy Stick Float"
Float Tubes in pine
for my pike sliders.
I hope you like them.
A prial of 5 BB
" Ivory Avons "
Sporting balsa bodies plus cane tips & stems.
The tips are all fluorescent day glow orange and
the threads used were black violet and gold.
I quiet like the look of these and will be making a few more in various colours in the near future both with cane and alloy stems.
A set of
" Sight Bob Wagglers "
with metallic, pearlescent blue paint
plus gold, violet and black whippings.
Larger straight wagglers this week.
3 -5 AAAA ish.
perch / grayling
Great for small live baits or for fast runs on running water.
Both finished in day glow red/ pink with black gold and violet whippings.
plus some purple velvet . . . . .
which I quite like.
I have made some small wagglers based on the
" Carp Stalker "
This prial are longer than the standard stalkers taking a little more shot.
Tips are day glow orange,
Glow in the dark yellow
Designed for general fishing with bigger baits like bread worm and pellet but I use mine for fishing on the drop in 3 - 4 feet of water on the Ribble and Mersey using a bunch of maggots or bread
" Retro Porcupine Quills "
Black being a new addition.
black, metallic gold and two shades of violet.
Another pattern I have been meaning to make in this colour is the
A usefull float when bites are a little finerky.
This set of five
" Straight Sarkanda Wagglers "
This one is my first and is
13 cm or 5 " in length.
The base was loaded to aid casting distance an balance.
With An Alloy Stem "
" Dutch Rudd Floats "
To show you.
Great on still waters or rivers.
I have been meaning to make some of these floats for a VERY long time.
A pair of Retro Porcupine Quills taking 2 - 3 BB approximately.
A small balsa perch bobber.
The original was small than the one I have made taking about 3 BB.
All with feather inlays
The yellow bobber is a
" G.I.T.D. "
( Glow in the dark )
All three take approximately 6 AAA depending on how sensitive the set up requirments are.
A small thank you to someone who sent me a copy of this wonderful book.
A small 3AAA bobber with a feather inlay.
Any colour combination can be used.
I personally think a glow in the dark yellow and a simple black will cover 95% of conditions.
This one is only a baby at around 17 grams but there are two more bigger ones that are around 30g each under construction.
Here are a pair of . . .
The larger of the two takes about 6 BB and the smaller around 4 BB.
Metallic Pearlescent Green
I have been asked to make a black version of my standard Perch Bobber.
Full Length Glow In The Dark
" Tince Sticks "
( to me ) the night glow contrast is what I have been searching for.
The largest takes around 3AAA.
These floats have all but replaced my chubers although I do still make a few.
The Large Irwell Stick holds a steady line when holding back.
Chubbers tend to kit around a little when I have used them.
These are for a fast gravel run which looks very barbely...😉
Two Retro Feather Inlay Stick floats.
I have up-graded my . . . .
" Sith Pacemaker "
From left to right . . .
Skywalker, Sith & A Yoda Pacemaker. 😂
I only just realised that the previous two had some Jedi traits !!!!!!!!!
I found this project fun and it got my mind working.
I may try another themed float if I get the urge
My new Pacemaker.
It has a yellow, black and white tip, purple and gold whippings with a metallic green body. Framed between the two green body sections js a jay feather inlay.
While having a brew in Elton Tackle I was asked by Craig Lutener if I could make him a swing tip, not an old fashioned one but one made of carbon. He requested that the indication band be built up wider than the carbon to aid visibility.
I decided on a dual banded design with glow in the dark yellow paint, gold and purple whipping separating the two yellow sight bands and purple whipping up the main body of the tip.
I have up graded my . . . .
" Medium To Heavy Wire Stemed Avon "
" Tinca Sticks "
( I have a new glow in the dark vesion of these coming soon. 😉 )
A trio if Inserted Wagglers in yellow, pink & green.
A little different from my previous design with only two black lines over the white.
4, 6, & 9 BB respectively.
Throw back Thursday.
One of my old Inserted Wagglers has had a referb.
I never use this one much so I thought I would give it a new lease of life.
I have removed the swivel eye and replaced it with a whipped brass version and added a few purple and gold threads.
The feather is the original one from 2014.
I have taken a fancy to it now . . . lol
I haven't made these for a while.
" Tinca Sticks "
( Its that time again .....lol )
" New Style Sneaky Lifters "
I personally really like the way these look and have some ready for a field test. Hopefully with some fishy pictures to come.
3 & 6 swan respectively.
Featuring hand turned brass eyes with black / purple whipping and finished fluorescent Pink.
" Irwell Sticks "
One plain and one with a feather inlay.
The but cap is brass and at the business end is a steel hook tip to pull your hair rigs through.
This is the first of a range of four different needles I am making.
I have still not decided on the final style so its still out there.
I value your opinions.
A pair of Feather Inlay Tinca Sticks.
I personally like the different mettallic thread on this pair.
Probaly my best perch / grayling bobber to date.
I hope you like it.
Of all the new patterns I have been trying I think this is the one i will get the most use out of.
Below is my new .........
" Inserted Shouldered Stick Float "
in the same decor as the
"Sith Pacemaker "
but with an alloy stem.
I can see this pattern getting a hammering this summer.
Below is a large inserted waggler and an alloy stemmed
" Retro Stick Float "
Both prizes for a facebook group I am a member of.
A pair of. . . . .
Inserted, Stepped, Treble Feather Inlayed Wagglers
Two sets of . . . .
" Sneaky Lifters "
For canals and ponds when a little precision is required.
First set for the mainly for the Rochdale Canal
and a small pond close by.
The second set mainly for the Huddersfield Canal
and slightly further afield.
" Medium To Heavy Wire Stemed Avon "
for winter maggot & caster fishing .
Mainly for the the. . .
River Ribble &
River Dove. 😊
Here are a couple for the
" Boy Wonder "
Of our club. . .
On for his pal to catch the bait and one for Kayden to
catch a pike with.
Tight lines lads. 😊😊
Medium Pacemaker. . . . .
I shortened the float and reduced the buoyancy by approximately 50% compared to Victors . . .
" Jumbo Pacemaker "
So the weight is 7AAA or 3.5 swan which is exactly what I need for the River Ribble and some parts of the River Irwell where sticks cant cut it when on bread and meat.
Here are some long and some extra long
" Sneaky Lifters " .
These are for crucians in deep water.
Rather unusual !!!!!
I have never made sneaky lifters so long and i am very interested in getting some feed back in the spring. 😊
" Disgorging Stick Floats "
The metallic thread treatment.
I am really please with this as I think the metallic red thread pulls the whole float together. 😊😊😊😊😊😊
A new pattern for me . . . .
A " Jumbo Pacemaker "
for Victor homewood. 😊
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For all their endeavours on our behalf.
"Sticking " . . . . . Lol . . .
With my new metallic thread we have two
"Retro Stick Floats with a political theme !!!!!!!!!!!
Do you know who's is who's !!!!!!!
A pair of perch / grayling bobbers.
One with a jay feather inlay
Five Barbel Sticks which are very heavy stick floats .
These are approximately 4 swan.
Three bright orange and 2 black ones for when the sky is reflected on the waters surface and only black can really be seen.
I have have been playing with my new threads on my bobbers as well.
Here is the new version of one in my own colours.
Gold metallic thread has replace some of the back whipping on the tip and the stem.
Finer black lines using much thinner silk have also been applied to the tip area to give a more refined look.
I like it. . . . . . . . .
What do you think ? 😊
I have taken a liking to metallic golden thread lately.
If you would like to look at all of the hand crafted floats from 2014 - 2016 please click on the link below and it will take you to my float page.
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