This float is shaped perfectly for holding
back against the flow, developed by French anglers for their big heavy
flowing rivers such as the Rhine etc..
Now used by most continental fishing teams including the home
countries. Because of the nature of the reverse pear shape, the flow of
the water surface passes over it, giving it less resistance when
holding back Also the wide body of the float now on top acts as a
shoulder and in fact the current holds the float down in the water,
helping the float not to rise out, when holding back.
The position of the float eye, is very important on all pole floats,
usually just below the top of the body of the float, this allows
control of the float and because of the aerodynamics’ of
the pole floats, the holding back and lifting of the float makes it a
unique working part of the float.
Over shotting this float can work extremely well, allowing the float to
be held back in a fixed position in the water.
Laying-on is a big advantage with this float as the float will not ride
out of the swim it can with confidence be held back knowing the bait is
laying on or near the bottom depending on shotting.
This can be shotted just to the base of the tip, and be used to fish
the swim very slowly, the bites are unmistakable; the float is very
sensitive and yet can be controlled with the help of the pole.
From this basic design of which there are numerous shapes, which have
been developed, to fish a variety of moving water venues, which I will
be covering in this manual.
The tip of the float can either be plastic or cane. I like to use
interchangeable plastic tips. As they can be changed with the changing
The base of these float are usually wire, this helps to stabilize the
float in turbulent conditions, although a cane stem may be just as good
in smoother conditions.
When I have the float fixed on the line, I twist the line around the
stem as this can stop the float from slipping on the main line, and
have less risk of cutting the fine silicone rubbers that are attaching
the float to the line
FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE
3x10 = 0.10g (2 x No10 shot)
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x No9 shot)
4x12 = 0.2g (5x No10 shot)
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x No8 shot)
4x16 = 0.5g (8x No8 shot)
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x No3 shot)
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3 shot)
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x No3 shot)
6x20 = 1.5g (6 x No3 shot)
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