ducker was recognized primitively as a
running water body waggler to combat a
down stream wind, although its application
on still water was just as productive.
angling in the 1920s became one of the most
popular floats in its era, particularly in
the 1950s, used and illustrated widely by
the all-great old timers, namely Dick
Walker. Fred I Taylor, Billy Lane. Although
perhaps the materials have altered and
shotting patterns clanged this float could
well be useful in future angling exploits.
The float consist of a body and stem, the
main materials in the body used to be cork
but now these days it has been superseded by
balsa or polystyrene.
stem of the float used to be all cane, the
basic cane material is just as good now as
it was then although sometimes the ducker
could come in various other materials,
such as sarkandas reed or peacock quill.
size of the ducker is relatively smaller
than most other waggler types of floats,
very similar to body wagglers but a
smaller version. Sometimes loaded at the
base and these days with a quick-change
float adapter for altering the size on the
line for a different presentation.
overall length of the float would be about
6'.-8'' ideal for shallow water fishing
with the body as a stabilizer. It is a
good float to combat a down stream wind. A
venue I used to use this float on, was the
River Usk in the Wye valley, this river is
fast and shallow, but full of dace up to
14oz in weight. Catching these fish out in
the middle in 4ft of water was perfect for
the method. With weights of over 50lb bags
in a session was very easily achieved,
only with this float The float carrying
capacity is about one and a swan shot
bulked to lock the float and a couple of
dropper number 4 shots down, less if the
float was loaded with a brass insert.
anglers use the split lock shot method, of
shotting up the ducker, this is done by
way of locking the float so that the lock
shot are about 4'' apart, this allows a
more direct con- tact upon striking (see
diagram) The theory is that the hook sets
firmer upon striking.
my experience's this way of shotting up the
float has some draw backs, ie... prone to
tangles, less distance upon casting, can
only be used in slow or still moving waters,
how- ever when it is possible to shot up
this way, then I believe it can benefit the