This barrel float is unique;
perhaps the beginning of big river/canal pole floats, as we know them.
The year was 1980, the country was Germany, and the venue was the
This huge canal was over 18ft deep,
flowing and full of big bream, the method was very difficult for most
teams to come to terms with.
Come the day, Germany swept all
before them, with record section points win, only 7 penalty points out
of a possible 5. By using this float in fast running water catching
huge bags of fish. The
method was simple, just over shot this float, pin the bulk as close to
the bottom as possible, and hold still.
The bream respond to still baits
and this float produced a static bait, three times World champion
Wolfgang Kremkus amassed over 35lbs in just three hours to win the team
you could imagine the talk was about these magical floats and how they
overcome the conditions, English anglers in particular were amazed at
these, and it wasn't long before they made a way into our tackle boxes.
Since that amazing day, running
water floats have developed considerably and have come a long way from
those barrel floats. Yet I am sure one day they will make a come back
and here are some of the methods to use.
The depth must be plumbed just over
full depths the float is held against the flow, over shotted. The
slightest quiver of the wire bristle records bites, and sometime the
fish hook themselves.
The pole eye is situated on the
side of the barrel to allow the float to be kept still in a heavy tow. The Italian team use this float also to
great affect, when fishing fast waters, they will over depth the float,
another words, the float will be suspended out of the water, just above
the water line.
The float has no resistance
whatsoever and by touch, and looking at the float the slightest
movement, they will strike.
has worked well for me on the River Wye when up in food, just tripping
bottom in a raging flood, it is the only float I know that that will do
BARREL POLE FLOAT
FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE
3x10 = 0.10g (2 x
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x
4x12 = 0.2g (5x
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x
4x16 = 0.5g (8x
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x