long pear float was one of the first type of
pole floats that I was introduced too, the
World championships in Northern Ireland on the
Newry canal 1982.
Being completely new to pole fishing at the
time, we were getting well and truly battered
by the continental teams in the practice
sessions. The canal was over 15ft deep in
places, and getting to grips was difficult to
say the least, the fish responded to bloodworm
on the drop.
I came about with this float when discovering
how the other teams were faring and in
particular the Dutch team. Lifting and
settling the float in a five foot lift of the
pole. Long droppers and as the float would
settle then the fish would respond this float
was ideal for that method, and history tells
us the team of Holland won the event using
this type of float.
This design of float does very well in deep
water, canals, docks, lakes, lochs etc..
Venues that don't pull hard. Lifting the float
and letting the body do the work of a slow
drop, finds this shape to be excellent.
Nylon tips, and a wire base stem, makes up the
rest of the float. (See float diagram) The
long tapering body allows heavy droppers
reducing to small droppers on the hook length
for then the nylon bristle. Lift bites are
produced when the timing of the float appears
not to settle in a given time.
The eye of the float is situated on the
tapered body; this allows a small lift of the
float if required, to produce a smaller
presentation or movement of the float.
EXTRA LONG PEAR
FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE
3x10 = 0.10g (2 x No10 shot)
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x No9 shot)
4x12 = 0.2g (5x No10 shot)
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x No8 shot)
4x16 = 0.5g (8x No8 shot)
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x No3 shot)
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3 shot)
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x No3 shot)
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