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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, 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 jim cosgrove on March 22, 2014 at 3:33pm

thanks keith.i found some pieces of pop cane in the barn gonna make some floats .i went with black for stealth and just focused on the bright tip.some of the water i fished 20 yrs ago was so clear it was like fishing in an aquarium.i am thinking green or olive drab for my new ones with a brite tip

Comment by Keith Ritter on March 22, 2014 at 1:51pm
Great float , was the black enough to contrast with the clear water.
Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on March 22, 2014 at 11:27am
How many great ideas come from our accidents?
Good story.
Comment by jim cosgrove on March 22, 2014 at 11:25am

yeah david -i made these 20 years ago.used to belong to a club.we had 2 large strip mines.vodka clear water and you could not get closed to the fish.the banks were too steep to shore fish so you had to drag a small boat electric motor battery down a steep ravine.hard work.i forgot to put a stop on a slip float when rerigging.i used it without the stop and discovered a new tactic to get at the easily spooked gills and crappies that usually held at 18-20 feet.verticle jigging at a distance

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on March 22, 2014 at 11:17am
Waggler - , I make those too
Comment by jim cosgrove on March 22, 2014 at 11:16am

here is the type of float i used to make.i free line the jig on these.made from pop cane and i believe a small bamboo shish k bob stick

Comment by jim cosgrove on March 22, 2014 at 11:12am

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on March 22, 2014 at 11:10am
"it also might make the bait dance a little if you keep the float low on the stem like a pencil float..."

It might, at that. Incorporate the balance weight withy the float and you would have a casting dart - classic bit of fishing gear.
Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on March 22, 2014 at 11:05am
I've seen a guy on YouTube doing that LOFR, fishing for cats. "Uncle Steve" uses a large, round float for buoyancy. He then uses the rig to distance cast from shore, yet avoid tangling the near shore weeds and such. "Reach out and drop down," essentially.
He's an ass to correspond with, but the method works.
Comment by jim cosgrove on March 22, 2014 at 11:00am

i see your point mcscruff-but it also might make the bait dance a little if you keep the float low on the stem like a pencil float

 

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