anglers of the town of Bolognese in
Italy developed the bolognese floats.
river there is very deep and wide, the
only way to catch the fish was to present
them with very long rods, and as the
Italian nation was pole orientated they
developed these rods from Stiff 8 and 9
meter telescopic whips.
Bolognese floats were then developed to
match the rods and the venue, which was up
to twenty foot deep and 80 meters wide.
The bolognese float is perhaps a large
version of a pole float. Yet made
aerodynamically for holding back and
slowing the bait in the fast flowing
The shape of the float has a high
reverse pear, which gives it a large
shoulder, to hold against the water skim.
Sizes range from five gram to 18 gram. Shotted
with a loge Olivetti down and a line of
shots, the method was to drag on hard to
slow the bait down then by holding the
float against the flow the bait would rise
up, attracting those hard fighting barbel,
bream, and chub.
These Bolognese methods have now found
their way into our rivers and venues that
suit the bolognese floats, deep and heavy
pulling water, such as the River Severn,
Thames, etc... Ireland
in particular has many venues that suit
the bolognese method of fishing.
To use a bolognese float properly you need
a long rod, a twenty-foot rod will
sometimes do, I prefer to use a
seven-meter bolognese rod, and the action
of the rod is in the tip. Holding
the line of the water at long distances is
the secret in controlling this float.
Because of its weight it can be controlled
very easily, I like to grease my line to
give me extra control. Using this
method in the World championships in
Northern Ireland on the Erne was the
only method that would catch those
wearily old bream. Italy of course was
team winners, and that young Australian
angler Dave Wesson was individual. My
self-finishing fourth individual on the
second day with over 8 1b.
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