BAT POLE FLOAT
type of flat float has been called by many
names, bat float, lollipop float, disc
float, leaf float etc.. I like to refer to
it as the Bat float, because of its bat
like wings plus I like the name too,
its flat body can be held against a
turbulent current very easily. The shape
of the float allows, use of half the
weight of a traditional bodied float.
This rudder shape
float was first developed in the 1970 by
fellow team member “Ted Parry” His version
was a large 10 swan shot trotting type of
all balsa floats used for trotting the fast
waters on the lower River Wye. However the
smaller pole version was later developed in
the mid eighties when pole fishing became
popular adopting methods learnt from the
continental anglers when fishing abroad on
deep or shallow fast swims, it can be held
back at any pace, even held still. It is
very sensitive to shy biting fish.
Because of the shape it acts like a boat
rudder, steers the turbulent flow, yet
holds perfect still.
I develo[ped this float many
years ago after being given one by a
Danish angler, the one he gave me was
huge, probable too big for our home
waters, yet I saw its potential and soon
developed smaller ones for our British
shotting is best when a bulk down is
introduced this helps to stabilize the
float in the turbulent current. Keeping
the bait down near the bottom. Just a few
dropper shots are required three number
sixes or two number 5.
float has a feel to
it when fishing a slower swim, the angle
of the balsa rudder lends the float to
trot a straight line, holding back hard on
a fast running river the float will have a
tendency to ride out of the water, so
simply by putting on extra weight will
over come this problem, so mostly the
float is best used with a steady pressure
from the pole tip and over shotting.
striking and not connecting, the float can
be released and it will fall back into the
same line as to continue the trot down,
the more the bait is in the water the more
chance of catching a fish.
on the bottom is always a good method to
catch bigger fish and with this method
float. Combined with casters it is a real
killing method for big roach.
Smaller size 0.75