An alloy stemmed stick float designed for trotting closer to the rod top in waters where the 'Bolognese Float' would be too heavy. The magnesium alloy stem gives the float good stability.
At home in the hands of anglers of all abilities.
Made from top quality balsa these floats are finished in matt black with a red tip.
Alloy Stemmed Avon Floats.
What better way to catch Barbel, Chub, Roach and Dace than to trot the swim, whether it be a slow meandering river or the fast and deep Severn or Wye. All can be fished using the present day alloy stemmed floats. The upper body is made from high density balsa wood and the stem is a mixture of aluminium and magnesium, with the end product being a float with ultimate balance which present day anglers prefer.
Rods can vary in length from 11ft. up to a long 17 footer, depending on the depth of the swim. The top needs to be on the soft side as this will pick up line quickly and aid casting. Main lines, depending on target species, would normally be from 3-6lb and all floats should be fitted with three rubbers on the stem and one on the tip.
ALLOY STEMMED AVON.
A heavy weight cousin of the stick float family, designed for fishing at close range in fast water, the float being controlled in much the same fashion as a shouldered stick. The shoulder allows for holding back slowing or even stopping the hook bait, although it can be extremely effective when allowed to run through at the same speed as the flow. Shotting the float is very basic, with a string of BB or AAA bulk shot around 2ft. from the hook along with two or three dropper shot, some anglers use olivettes in place of shot as their bulk. If the fish are wary, moving the bulk up the line and adding a few more droppers can make a difference, don't forget to reduce the bulk shot taken up by any additional droppers.
FISHING THE STICK FLOAT.
The key to stick float fishing is to keep in touch with the float at all times. Let the float move downstream in a controlled manner ensuring that the line is never allowed to overtake the float. This is easy when the wind is blowing directly upstream but unfortunately perfect conditions are not always present. In these situations you may well need to go to a larger float. The extra weight will keep you on line and give you better control. Back shotting the float with two or three No8s helps to avoid an adverse wind from pulling the float off line. Most anglers when using trotting control the float by allowing line to pull off the spool, slowing or stopping the float with their finger tip. Whilst this works it tends to give an erratic movement to the bait. A far better method is to move your rod upstream, trap the line against the spool and follow the float down at the speed that produces most bites. If you need to travel further down simply repeat the process. In this way you are in control allowing you to slow the float down, speed it up or even stop it. You can now see that inching a bait through your feeding area is highly achievable.