THE CROW QUILL WAGGLER
grandfather of all floats, the humble crow
quill. The tapered shape make's this natural
material, for float making. It’s buoyant and
yet sensitive. It’s readily available, and
can be used on numerous float designs. From
wagglers to avons.
the use for the natural crow quill as a
waggler have been lost in the sands of time,
making way for modern materials, yet I know
of modern day angler, who has used this
timeless float to the best affect possible.
scored with so many successes using this
float, he went on to win the prestigious
Kammasan title, and then go on to represent
his country. His name is Mike Stone From
Somerset. Down on the Tuanton canal he has
cleaned up for a few years using this
waggler in conjunction with punched bread
and a whip.
float is limited in its applications, yet
when used close in for either rod or whip
fishing it cant be beat. Fishing in a down
stream mode, burying the line, it can prove
a brilliant catching machine, very
sensitive, burying it self-on a bite or
rising high unmistakable with a lift bite.
can also be used in conjunction with a body
at its base giving another dimension to its
quill when used, as a waggler should in fact
be a reverse crow quill, in other words the
finer tip should be on the top of the float
and the wider at the base. These days the
float should have an eye whipped to its
bases, as in old times they used rubbers,
and as you can imagine the twists and
tangles this occurred.
loaded insert is best or as I have used, a
small plastic eye with a body. Shotting the
float must be done with extreme care, as the
taper of the float can be deceiving and with
only a small number 12 shot overload. It can
sink the float easily.
this float with a whip can be very
rewarding; I have used this float with great
affect on a still water pond in Neath S
Wales, and have caught in five-hour matches
weights of 5Olb, 64lb
all golden Rudd.
this float with light number tens and
twelve’s will give you one of the slowest
bait presentation possible, with a quick
flick of the whip or rod end, sinks the line
for more wind resistance.
quill can also be used in conjunction ' with a
body at its base giving another dimension to
THE CROW QUILL WAGGLER
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