the reverse pear shape is mostly associated with running water venues,
there are times when this float works exceptionally well on still
water. That is when there is a strong tow caused by the wind.
The need to hold back in a tow is very important to produce a still
bait presentation, for many reasons, sometimes the top flow is going
the opposite way to the bottom drift, and some fish prefer static baits
presented to them. Sometimes the presentation of the bait will need to
go with the tow other times the opposite way from the top surface.
Whatever the reason,
this float does that job best. The still water type of reverse pear
float would carry a longer as this helps to see a bite in choppy or
wind wave conditions.
I have a preference in
bristles on Stillwater pole floats, this I leant from the French
anglers; there is no finer or more sensitive float than a metal bristle
type, suspended above the surface with float grease. In my experiences
this sensitive method, produces fish when other type of bristle don't.
Never under estimate
the tow on a Stillwater, I have caught fish as much as three meters
away from where I introduced the bait into the swim, and the opposite
direction of the wind The wind creates a tow on the surface which hits
the bank and then circulates underneath causing an underwater tow. In
some cases the whole lake will respond in a circle drift.
This float can combat
those types of conditions with a bulk down and the help of the pole
ease the float in the swim in the opposite way, until you start to get
Using this method and float has won me many competitions on still water
lakes, one in particular was an invitation match on Mallory Park, the
event was sponsored by Dave Halls angling magazine, I drew in the
corner of the lake, and not a good draw, next to me was angling
journalist Keith Arthur. The wind produced a tow and I managed to
overcome this and ended the match with 14lb of skimmers only getting
beat by big carp for the match.
Laying on with the
type of float in a drift is another excellent method, once you have
located the feeding fish in the swim.
Holding and releasing in a drift, also produce some good responses.
This time going with the flow and an underwater drift may be going the
STILL WATER REVERSE
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