The dart waggler is a mini version of
the loaded straight waggler These floats are usually
used in conjunction with small venues, ie... small
canals, small rivers, drains, or any closer work than
the larger loaded peacock.
This float has been around since the days of the
reverse crow quill, the innovation of these floats
originate from the hard fished Lancashire canals,
probably before the 1950s where anglers fished the far
bank with bloodworm long before pole fishing become
popular. It didn't take long for anglers to realize
that this float was quite exceptional, and most type
of very light fishing could be done with this float
Bread punch squatt and pinkie fishing became
superlative with this method of float This float which
was self cocking by way of a brass insert at its base,
was probably the most sensitive float of its day,
accounting for increased catches, it become very
popular with anglers from all over the country.
Made from shaped balsa wood and a cane tip insert, it
resembled a dart, with the loaded base it can be cast
with ease accuracy and distance, for the size float. I
have developed a range of sizes to meet various widths
of canals, anglers should soon realized that this
float could be used on more varieties of waters.
Balancing the float to only take a few dust shots,
this float is ideal for shallow waters, and catching
fish on the drop. To day this float is still widely
accepted by anglers and most still carry them in the
The shape of the body is elongated and tapered with a
small cane tip insert 1/2'', loaded with a brass
insert, can be used in conjunction with an eye or an
adapter to hold the boat on the line.
Darts generally are about 6'. to 10''
long. Casting the Dart is very simple and with only a
few No 10 shots on the line it has fewer tendencies to
tangle, under arm sideways, or overhead. Checking the
float as it bits the water helps the shots to spread
out, however if the float isn't checked then the shots
will follow the float into position which is ideal for
getting close to obstacles on the far bank ie.. Boats,
bushes, tins etc...
A little tip I use for sinking the line, place the tip
of the rod under the water, and with a sharp but
positive move, pull the rod upwards about a few inches
this will sink the line quickly from you to the float
and at the same time won't pull the float to far
to-wards you, allowing you to fish close to the object
that you've cast. To be able to cast to the same
feature opposite with out over casting which could
cause a hazard of hooking the obstacle, I will measure
out the cast first and then put the line behind the
reel clip, or when I use my closed face reel, then a
rubber band will secure it.
Catching close to a feature on the far bank can catch
fish where otherwise you cant, as fish tend to hug
under over-hanging features.
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