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08 May 2015 17:20

Tench on the Float with Sky TV's Tight Lines

 

Tench on the Float with Sky TV's Tight Lines

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With Spring in the air JB and I were asked to film a tench float fishing piece for Sky TV's Tight Lines! Its always a little daunting when the cameras are rolling and the pressure to perform is ever present but even under challenging conditions the floats dipped a few times and we managed a nice fish or two.

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04 May 2015 17:17

Carp and Coarse Angler, December 2008

 

Carp and Coarse Angler, December 2008

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In 2008 i found a small tin of old fishing floats in my late Grandfathers tackle box. I have always credited repainting and renovating these tatty floats as the start of my float making career but if i am honest making floats from scratch came to me after reading this perch fishing feature by Terry Hearn.
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In the pages he explains his favoured perch fishing methods and mentions the slider style of float he found best for trotting livebaits on the tidal Thames. Not only was i interested in perch fishing but his step by step float making guide and his thoughts on catching fish with floats made by your own hand inspired me to have a try!

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My initial attempts were reasonable and it soon became clear i would need a lathe and specialist tools to make them with the quality finish i really wanted. By this time i was completely engrossed by float making and donated every spare minute i could to it.

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I suppose all that's left to say is thanks Terry, if you would like a float or two making don't hesitate to get in touch.

02 May 2015 13:12

Classic Angling magazine. New Float Sells for £161

Heres a piece from No77 May/June 2012 issue of Classic Angling regarding a float i made.  This particular float was a new design for me, it was made from several sections of Balsa and turned down to leave a pattern where the sections were fixed together. Its intricacy pricked the interest of my regular customers and i was inundated with offers for it. Not wanting to cause upset i informed all interested parties it would be listed on Ebay.  The result was quite astounding and the float now resides in a tackle collection in Ireland! 

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If i am honest i wish i hadn't sold it now! The thought of making another makes me cringe as it was so incredibly fiddly and the only survivor of the five i started. The other four all ended up in the bin due to imperfections and glue marks on the joins. I know the article says £161 but if you count the post costs of £11 to Southern Ireland it boosts the overall cost to a staggering £172! Is that a record for a modern handmade float? I have heard some of my other rare floats changing hands for more in the past.

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28 April 2015 16:41

Lure Of The Float Press Updates

I have been lucky enough to be included in a few articles in the angling press over the years and i always keep reference copies as keepsakes. Mostly they have just been added to a pile of magazines and papers in the corner of my office or swiped by friends but a recent flick through some of them has prompted me into adding a press section to the web blog. 

Here you can find many of the press articles from myself, JB and the Lure Of The Float team. 

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