Sunday, 10 August 2014

handmade Balsa Insert Waggler Floats

Handmade Balsa Insert Waggler Floats

These are my default float for much of my stillwater fishing. As with all my floats they are tough and durable with a number of uses whether you are casting long distance or fishing at your feet the insert waggler can be made in almost any size to suit your requirements. 


The standard float is made with a feather inlayed balsa body with a cane stem and tip although there's an option for porcupine or goose quill stems and reed for tips to maintain the buoyancy throughout the whole float.













If you would like me to make you a float or two feel free to get in touch!


andy@lureofthefloat.co.uk
01354 651917
07899996190

Handmade Balsa and Cork Quill Stem Avon Floats

Handmade Balsa and Cork Quill Stem Avon Floats


Cork or balsa? I can never make up my mind!! I suppose cork carries a little more weight which can help with casting but one seems to be no less buoyant than the other so there's no real difference on that front. Depending on the feather pattern cork can look better but balsa can offer a fabulous contrast with the feathers! I suppose its personal preference but if you are anything like me its a tough one to call. 


I am quite different to other makers and enjoy using lots of colour. I love the vibrancy of the bright paints, threads and feather colours. I can make them in more muted browns and blacks which also look lovely but if i am honest i am rarely asked to to do so. The Avon float is the mainstay of most river anglers and a range of sizes will cover you for most of your river angling. I can make them in just about any size from tiny to big enough to trot a monster dead-bait!! I can cut flutes in them or make them on porcupine, cane, greenheart or split cane stems with a range of tip colours! Whatever floats yer boat!! You name it i can make it so don't be afraid to ask!! Enjoy the pics!!













If you would like me to make you a float or two feel free to get in touch!


andy@lureofthefloat.co.uk
01354 651917
07899996190

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Barbel On The Float!! (almost)

Barbel On The Float!! (almost)


When you have an invite to fish a legendary barbel river like the trent with an angler who knows the water like the back of his hand, saying no simply isn't an option! Bob Brookes is a longtime friend and float aficionado with a collection of old and new floats that requires the fitment of a bib before viewing! Bob and i have been friends since i started making floats and an offer to fish the Trent with him had been on the cards for a couple of years, in-fact we even had a date in the diary last year until i was unceremoniously knocked of my bike, the resulting slow recovery of broken ribs etc saw the fishing put back a year. 


I met Bob in the car park of a local pub a stones throw from the river and after parking the cars i was soon walking the bank with Bob showing me a swim he was certain had fish waiting for me! The swim didn't offer the longest of trots but it looked absolutely incredible with overhanging trees and enclosed with greenery on either side plus it had a good depth of water too. I felt sure if i could get the fish feeding i could hook one or two. After a few casts (using a green Nottingham slider i had made specially) I had a good feel for the swim, the chunk of meat was bouncing through a treat and the first bite was a small chub. The first fish is always nice as you can be almost certain the set up is working nicely which was confirmed when the float dipped again! Upon striking i was given my first display of the brute force and power of a sizeable Trent barbel which quickly belted off downstream nonchalantly breaking my 8lb maxima in the process leaving me quite astounded and not sure what to say to Bob who was stood behind me with a big grin on his face. Unfortunately that was our only chance of a fish that day, we fished on with no further bites but with good company in such picturesque surroundings who needs fish. The following day we fished another of Bobs favourite swims but the river was moody and the fishing hard, the highlight of the day was the only fish and my smallest ever barbel which would have been lucky to reach 1lb but it was a perfect fish and put a big smile on both our faces.A Big thanks to Bob and his lovely wife for a wonderful couple of days, lets get another date in the diary for round two!! Barbel on the float-The Revenge!!


If you are planning on fishing the Trent and fancy having a nice float to trot it with be sure to get in touch

andy@lureofthefloat.co.uk
01354 651917
07899996190