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Float Makers Bench

From cork to quills this group is here to exchange ideas for the best results on our homemade floats.

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Goose Quill Float 2.0 5 Replies

My latest batch of quill floats have less paint to show more of the natural quill colors. I used large copper loops to accommodate fly line. I used a satin finish to reduce glare. They are pictured…Continue

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Started by Keith Ritter. Last reply by carl hendrix Feb 23.

How to Use Stem Swivels For Float Making 8 Replies

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Started by Damon Toney. Last reply by Damon Toney Jan 3.

Varnishing Floats 11 Replies

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Started by Damon Toney. Last reply by Keith Ritter Jul 16, 2016.

Homegrown Reed Floats 22 Replies

I made a few floats from my first crop of ornamental grass/bamboo/reeds I transplanted to my yard summer before last. I painted these but I wish I hadn't, the body material is very slick and the…Continue

Started by Keith Ritter. Last reply by carl hendrix Jul 5, 2016.

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Comment by Bruce Tomaselli on June 21, 2016 at 10:55am

Well, Damon, I wasn't asking you to make them for me. I just want to know the basic mechanics of how they are put together. I certainly can make them myself.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 20, 2016 at 6:25pm
I don't cast my dowel floats with fly line.
I USE a fly rod as a light spin-casting rod.
The floats are simple to make - sometimes we over think these things. But they are ungainly and heavy; not suited to fly casting
Comment by Leo Nguyen on June 20, 2016 at 5:00pm

Well done Damon on the documentation. Keep those kind of videos coming.

Comment by Damon Toney on June 20, 2016 at 4:29pm

Experiment. We don't know everything you'll need. That's how I learned to make float.  There was no one to tell me what size, what materials. It was a developmental path.

How are you using your fly rod, with spinning gear or fly gear? If you're going to be backcasting and roll casting, I know my floats would be too heavy. I'd start with balsa or basswood.

Remember no one told the Wright Brothers everything they needed to fly. They had to experiment.

My videos are nothing more than a document of the journey I took:

Comment by Keith Ritter on June 20, 2016 at 3:47pm

If I can do it Bruce it can't be complicated. I don't know what you have in mind when you say dowel stick bobber. My discussion Easy Quill Bobbers has the basic instructions for goose quill floats. I can fill in any gaps. The ones I make with sticks have some sort of body like cork or corn cob. These may be too heavy to cast on a fly rod.

Comment by Bruce Tomaselli on June 20, 2016 at 3:07pm

Hey Keith! I'd like to know how to make dowel stick bobbers or quill bobbers to cast with my fly rod. Damon's 2-part video should do that, I hope. I just need to know if I will be able to cast dowel stick bobbers with my fly rod. And, the  size of dowel I need, length, circumference, etc., to cast for gills, crappie and perch. Plus, all the parts I need to buy. Again, I hope the videos will explain all of that. I don't think it could be too complicated.

Bruce

Comment by Keith Ritter on June 20, 2016 at 2:09pm

Welcome Bruce to the Group. Now you can see first hand how little we know about making Floats. If I can help just ask.

Comment by Damon Toney on February 12, 2016 at 4:58am

Yeah, Kieth is like the Master Yoda around here.

Comment by Adam Rink on February 12, 2016 at 4:54am

Never saw this group until you mentioned it, Keith. Looking forward to learning some new things as I'm new to making floats.

Comment by Suzanne Lazar on September 22, 2014 at 9:51am

I'd forgotten- he told me the same thing when I had a suggestion for pickling worms: make a video of it yourself! The tone wasn't rude, and at the time, I thought it would be a good challenge...but I don't get along well with cameras. (At least, not standing in front of them!) So I never bothered. I only ever use fresh worms anyway.

Yeah, Uncle Steve is a great character on the screen...maybe less so in real life!

 

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