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This float is an ideal tool for deep
swims on running water, it can be fished at
almost any depth of water and yet set at only
4ft to 8ft allowing ease of casting.
Developed in the 1950s for fishing the deep
drains of the North East, although Dutch
anglers in the 190Os depicted the usage of
this type of sliding float. Because of the
sliding rings at the side of the float the
main reel line can pass through until it
reaches the stop knot, it also has more direct
contact with the fish when striking. The
sliding balsa comes in all sorts of shapes and
sides, but I like to use the shaped body type
with a shoulder, this helps me to hold back
the float and at the same time slows the bait
up in the water.
This float is very much under-estimated in its
use, even fishing in swims with only 12ft of
water, using the slider has a control all of
its own. And when striking doesn't slash the
water on top.
Making sure you use two sliding knots so that
when casting and striking the knots don't slip
up the line.
This float works well on the deep stretch of
the river Severn, after converting to this
type of float alter an unsuccessful few hours,
when fishing a match, I started to catch well
as soon as I changed from a fixed to a slider.
Winning the match with 23lb converted me to a
regular sliding-float man.
The slider shotting pattern is almost the same
on each float, the only variation is the size
of the shots to the float. Casting the float
is best done with a swing either under arm or
over arm. And then feathering, allowing the
bulk and the dropper's to spread out without
Over hanging bushes and trees can some times
be a nightmare, but using the slider can
combat these obstacles. Using a small swivel
just below the bulk can also eliminate
twisting when retrieving in the deep water.
THE SLIDING BALSA
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