barrel float is unique;
perhaps the beginning of big river/canal
pole floats, as we know them.
The year was 1980, the country was
Germany, and the venue was the
huge canal was over 18ft deep,
flowing and full of big bream, the method
was very difficult for most
teams to come to terms with.
the day, Germany swept all
before them, with record section points
win, only 7 penalty points out
of a possible 5. By using this float in
fast running water catching
huge bags of fish.
method was simple, just over shot this
float, pin the bulk as close to
the bottom as possible, and hold still.
bream respond to still baits
and this float produced a static bait,
three times World champion
Wolfgang Kremkus amassed over 35lbs in
just three hours to win the team
you could imagine the talk was about these
magical floats and how they
overcome the conditions, English anglers
in particular were amazed at
these, and it wasn't long before they made
a way into our tackle boxes.
that amazing day, running
water floats have developed considerably
and have come a long way from
those barrel floats. Yet I am sure one day
they will make a come back
and here are some of the methods to use.
depth must be plumbed just over
full depths the float is held against the
flow, over shotted. The
slightest quiver of the wire bristle
records bites, and sometime the
fish hook themselves.
pole eye is situated on the
side of the barrel to allow the float to
be kept still in a heavy tow. The
Italian team use this float also to
great affect, when fishing fast waters,
they will over depth the float,
another words, the float will be suspended
out of the water, just above
the water line.
float has no resistance
whatsoever and by touch, and looking at
the float the slightest
movement, they will strike.
has worked well for me on the River Wye
when up in food, just tripping
bottom in a raging flood, it is the only
float I know that that will do
FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE
3x10 = 0.10g (2 x
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x
4x12 = 0.2g (5x
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x
4x16 = 0.5g (8x
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x