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    Floats always catch the angler's eye and the wonderful examples on this thread are no exception. Both modern and traditional varieties are displayed. This is an attempt to look beyond the image of floats, with a view to discover what prompts their designs. For example, when using basic quills to make wagglers, then length is proportional to shotting capacity, plus extra length will help sink the line and minimise the wind effect. That is a pretty obvious statement, until you add a cork/balsa body. What determines the dimensions then, bearing in mind the wind/length thing? Similarly the with river floats. Shallow water calls for short floats and fishing shallow water at distance dictates short chunky floats, again straight forward. Deep water equals bigger floats carrying more lead. Here again Avon floats with cork /balsa bodies. So when making floats what rule of thumb or yardstick do you use or do you just follow traditional proportions. When I make stick floats I use a ratio of 1:2 in respect of body to stem, but it's not based on any float design physics. Thoughts anyone? Pete.
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    Good observations Pete and the question of proportion was something which baffled me to begin with considering the amount of different patterns and purposes.

    It's not so much an issue for me as I tend to make sets of three, four and five depending on the pattern and so I will have a range of sizes/weights to match to the conditions and swims.

    Two things I will say though, and it won't sound very scientific, is that one I tend to go with what looks right and two I don't make to rounded up shot capacities eg. 3bb, 2AAA etc., I'm happy enough to trim each one up with whatever I need to add whilst knowing i'll have the size I need within the set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aknib View Post
    Without sanding all the way back I'm struggling to see how you'll get rid of the troublesome non-stick layer of paint Mark, I would sand lightly just to disrupt the smooth surface and then undercoat with a dedicated white undercoat which will seal the base and help your top coat stick.

    Don't worry too much about them not looking any good during the first coats, that's usually the case and there's nothing wrong with dolloping on several to get opacity, sanding lightly and then final coating.

    It's a bit of a faith thing at this stage and you have to keep going with it.

    I hope you do as the evidence of the original paint, where the depth differs, will retain their character and bring something back to a good and useful working life that would likely have otherwise been lost.
    I will experiment with the gloss tomorrow and then if that fails I will just press on with removing the old acrylic and sandpaper then try and build up with new coats of acrylic, I might be some-time and might die first or have no fingers left but thanks.

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    Tried a test coat of white gloss on a couple of the other floats, probably looking like the favorite option. Noticed two smears of paint on my window pane, b***** knows how they got there but, press on regardless.

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    How are the floats coming along Mark, any progress?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aknib View Post
    How are the floats coming along Mark, any progress?
    I have not got round to it yet, still sitting on my table where I last left off. I will do though over the next few days, I bet your shed's coming along better and will probably look better if your floats are anything to go by. I will post some pictures once I got the next stage done but I wish i could just remove all the old paint and do them from scratch, I am sure they would look better.

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    Keep the faith Mark, I'm sure they'll look great when you've finished
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    I love this thread..... some really talented people out there ......
    I’ve made floats over the years although usable they don’t always look pretty.
    Keep up the good work guys

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    Handcrafted Floats By Mike Cootes (PP007): CHUNKY BALSA WAGGLERS

    Hi all,
    With a some time on my hands I have tried something a little different.
    The four balsa wagglers you see below.

    These are quiet wide at 8 mm.The shorter tipped two are for pellet fishing on commercials and club lakes.
    The two with longer tips are for rivers using bigger baits like bread, paste, worm etc

    To be honest I just made the bodies, stained and painted all four, then free styled with a few ideas until I settled with the two designs you see before you.

    Read and see more on the blog.

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    Found this on the way home, a ready made float. Its a drumstick pen by SUCK UK, how do they get those names! It is heavy so will make a nice weighted float for casting. I also fancy shoving some split shot up the ready made hole to make it a bit self cocking and more casting weight, add some paint and a ring and it's done. And never thought of this before, my brother plays the drums and he is always nicking my fishing gear so now I can nick all his drumsticks.
    Last edited by markg; 13-04-2020 at 12:49.

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