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    Default Length of line between end of pole and float

    I've seen people with literally a couple of inches of line between end of pole and float, which to me makes sense in keeping a tight line

    But I've also seen people with between half a metre and a metre can only guess this let's you have more movement with your pole without disturbing the float ? Or maybe allows your float to drift a bit further ?

    Is there a correct or better length ?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    You're obviously after lots of pole fishing info. Second hand copies of the pole fishing book I did are on ebay/Amazon for as little as a fiver posted (i get nothing from these sales as it is out of print) and will have all the info you need for not much more than the cost of a fishing magazine. Pole Fishing - A Complete Guide by Mark Wintle

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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    Mark ,thanks for info on book,I will look for it.
    And to part answer the OP question it can depend on conditions and where you fish, you dont want a long length of line if next to snags ,the fish will be in them before you react,also a few inches of line is no good in inclement weather, bait presentation will be nil. A long length ideally backshotted would be better.
    Mark's book would be an ideal read. The pole magazines seem to be more reviews than what they did , Not many diagrams with actual shot numbers, just "used number 9 shot with number 11 droppers" type write up.
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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Wintle View Post
    You're obviously after lots of pole fishing info. Second hand copies of the pole fishing book I did are on ebay/Amazon for as little as a fiver posted (i get nothing from these sales as it is out of print) and will have all the info you need for not much more than the cost of a fishing magazine. Pole Fishing - A Complete Guide by Mark Wintle
    Thanks mark I will have a look

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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    Quote Originally Posted by markcw View Post
    Mark ,thanks for info on book,I will look for it.
    And to part answer the OP question it can depend on conditions and where you fish, you dont want a long length of line if next to snags ,the fish will be in them before you react,also a few inches of line is no good in inclement weather, bait prevention will be nil. A long length ideally backshotted would be better.
    Mark's book would be an ideal read. The pole magazines seem to be more reviews than what they did , Not many diagrams with actual shot numbers, just "used number 9 shot with number 11 droppers" type write up.
    Yes that and hundreds of product advertisements I found in the few fishing mags I have picked up

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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    Dont be afraid to ask questions on here,regardless of how daft you may think they are, You may get a number of different replies to same question but a lot of those replies will be on the basis of what works for that individual member . Such as what's the best line, shot, make and length of pole . But you will be able to find whats suits you and venues you fish.

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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    Quote Originally Posted by markcw View Post
    Dont be afraid to ask questions on here,regardless of how daft you may think they are, You may get a number of different replies to same question but a lot of those replies will be on the basis of what works for that individual member . Such as what's the best line, shot, make and length of pole . But you will be able to find whats suits you and venues you fish.
    Yes that's what I am here for other members experiences and opinions, no matter how different all will be valued equally, what works for one might not work for another etc,

    There is no exact science to fishing and what works 1 day might not work another day, it's about absorbing as much information as possible and tailoring it to what works best and is comfortable to the individual.

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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    I don't know whether Mark Wintle covers this in his book; I'm fairly certain that Dick Walker wrote about it. When pole fishing started on the Lee (or Lea) he said they referred to the amount of line between the tip of the pole and the float as the 'topping'. Usually, this was around a foot in length or thereabouts.
    One idea was to sit at right-angles to the bank with the pole resting across both of the angler's level thighs with him sitting with his feet on the ground. The tip would then be off the water along with the topping which was tight to the float and no line on the water at all. Imagine it was his left side that faced the water so that when he had a bite, he needed only to lift his left heel off the ground in order to strike. That inch or so that his heel moved his thigh went upwards and was enough to move the 20ft Sowerbutts tip 15-18" and a strike was made.

    I did try this once and it does work very effectively, but you do have to ensure that the topping is around a foot whatever depth you are fishing at.
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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Woodhouse View Post
    I don't know whether Mark Wintle covers this in his book; I'm fairly certain that Dick Walker wrote about it. When pole fishing started on the Lee (or Lea) he said they referred to the amount of line between the tip of the pole and the float as the 'topping'. Usually, this was around a foot in length or thereabouts.
    One idea was to sit at right-angles to the bank with the pole resting across both of the angler's level thighs with him sitting with his feet on the ground. The tip would then be off the water along with the topping which was tight to the float and no line on the water at all. Imagine it was his left side that faced the water so that when he had a bite, he needed only to lift his left heel off the ground in order to strike. That inch or so that his heel moved his thigh went upwards and was enough to move the 20ft Sowerbutts tip 15-18" and a strike was made.

    I did try this once and it does work very effectively, but you do have to ensure that the topping is around a foot whatever depth you are fishing at.
    Thanks Jeff I will give this a try, i do tend to rest my pole under 1 arm and on top of 1 leg so i will try resting the pole on 2 legs at a right angle would be beneficial if i could free up my arm for loose feeding etc I'm less accurate with my other free hand

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    Default Re: Length of line between end of pole and float

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Wintle View Post
    You're obviously after lots of pole fishing info. Second hand copies of the pole fishing book I did are on ebay/Amazon for as little as a fiver posted (i get nothing from these sales as it is out of print) and will have all the info you need for not much more than the cost of a fishing magazine. Pole Fishing - A Complete Guide by Mark Wintle
    Your book should be arriving today, I'm looking forward to reading it, will give you an update when I've read it.

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