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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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Latest Activity: May 13, 2022

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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, 2017.

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, 2017.

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 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!

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on September 21, 2014 at 10:00am
Oh, I can't recall. It was maybe 4-5 years ago. I had been watching a lot of his little productions at the time. I liked his scientific approach, and his crackpot mannerisms.
I'm no expert but I've been fishing since I was six... I do know one or two things.
When I suggested he might want to try this or that, he got nutso. Told me I wasnt sh!t if I wasn't doing videos of my own. It didn't matter to him that I had no camera and didn't really intend to get into it.
I even suggested I might come visit him, all friendly and such, since I was around his area of NC at the time. That made it worse. THATS WHEN HE SAID, "I WORK ALONE!"
So I quit bothering with the old coot. He had good ideas and was willing to try anything, not knowing right from wrong about fishing. I still use one technique I saw him try. But he's such an arrogant, ornery cuss that he ain't worth messing with.
Comment by Suzanne Lazar on September 21, 2014 at 9:43am

David, that's hilarious! Yeah, I noticed Uncle Steve doesn't permit comments anymore!

I thought it might be because locals were tracking him and trying to mess with him (such here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODPYGPZxxXs)

What video did you comment on that set him off?

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on September 18, 2014 at 4:27pm
Uncle Steve - cool videos, but don't try to make any suggestions. I did, and he read me the riot act. Made it clear he is a one man show.
He's got a good approach, though.
Comment by carl hendrix on September 18, 2014 at 3:36pm

welcome back Suzanne!!

Comment by Suzanne Lazar on September 18, 2014 at 12:02pm

Hi everybody!

I'd been away from the computer for most of this summer, but now that I'm landlocked I'm watching Uncle Steve on YouTube for some second-hand fishing trips- and found this: Uncle Steve is also working with goldenrod galls!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZioWjLlo_aM

There's a video of him fishing with one, but I haven't watched it yet.

(I still haven't tried making one myself)

 

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