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Traditional Handmade floats

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  • Traditional Handmade floats

    Just a short post, how many anglers make their own floats. something I have been getting into more and more, from a start 2 years ago.
    I have always been an enthusiastic model boat builder and started playing around making my own floats, after buying some excellent examples from Andrew Field. Starting off with some old tatty porcupine quills from ebay, which I stripped and whipped new eyes to and added decorative whippings.

    Self made fishing floats by Andrew Wright, on Flickr

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    Selection of self made fishing floats by Andrew Wright, on Flickr

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      Yes" porckies" are a good place to start.
      Andrew Field made what I consider the most awesome floats to be had at any price,they are works of art and doubt I could bring myself to use one.
      Take nothing but photographs,leave nothing but footprints.

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        I don't do pretty,as long as they are functional,they will do for me.
        Take nothing but photographs,leave nothing but footprints.

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          Originally posted by hurricane View Post


          Yes" porckies" are a good place to start.
          Andrew Field made what I consider the most awesome floats to be had at any price,they are works of art and doubt I could bring myself to use one.
          I bought 5 Andrew Field floats in 2012 for ?30.00, from Andrew Field. Wish I had bought more at the time, some of the ones I have are over GBP25.00 each nowadays.

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            Originally posted by challenger View Post

            I bought 5 Andrew Field floats in 2012 for ?30.00, from Andrew Field. Wish I had bought more at the time, some of the ones I have are over GBP25.00 each nowadays.
            When you consider the quality,six pounds each is a very small price to pay,to my mind it would be sacralidge to even get them wet, mine are for using and cost only pennies but are as ugly as sin.lol.
            ZANDER FLOATS 001
            Take nothing but photographs,leave nothing but footprints.

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            • #7
              Ive made a few now with Crow quills for extra light waggler style fishing,Have to say they are the first float I reach for when fishing close in.
              Dipped twice/three times in clear nail varnish after a very light sanding and de-burr tipped with glow in the dark nail varnish.
              I'll post up a pic or two when I get the chance.

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                Originally posted by hurricane View Post

                When you consider the quality,six pounds each is a very small price to pay,to my mind it would be sacralidge to even get them wet, mine are for using and cost only pennies but are as ugly as sin.lol.
                ZANDER FLOATS 001
                I have used some of mine occasionally, but it takes a lot of nerve to fish a float you know is going to cost GBP27.00 to replace if you lose it, I think that?s why I started making my own, at least I can make a replacement.

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