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    Default Flat floats.

    Guys, Am I right in thinking most people use these on poles because you have to have the line behind the float to hold it back? Could you use a long whip or even a long rod 15/16'. Never tried the style at all, so just thinking while I'm not fishing! Cheers Rich.

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    I've only used them with the pole, either held still or eased through. But I've seen several articles about using them on running line, and some extraordinary claims about how well they can be manoeuvred or even held back. I've never seen it done, but who's to say it can't be done to some extent.

    The write-up on some of these floats specifies use on rod and line.

    Cralusso floats - Fishingfloats.eu

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    Scotthorne using one

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    I’ve used hem with 4 and 5m elasticated whip, so why not a rod & line.
    There are some models that are designed to be used at distance with a rod.

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    Yes, you can use them on a rod and line. Not surprisingly, they are only useful for fishing "off the tip", so they'll only be effective to the range of your longest rod. Rather than the classic flat float/lollipop (Sensas Desque), I'd suggest anyone wanting to try similar with a rod and line might want to take a look at some of the various Cralusso floats (Bubble, Shark, Bolo, Surf, Torpedo etc) that can be a better option. Some models can be used to trot and hold back hard, where a standard lollipop is only much use when holding back.

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    Default Re: Flat floats.

    I take it the float's flat to reduce the drag?

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    I remember these first starting to hit the headlines here around twenty years ago when I was regularly pole fishing the Trent for Roach, wasn't the standard shotting pattern to overshot, laying on the bottom, so that when a fish picks up the bait it lifts the excess shot and sinks the float to indicate the bite?

    I'm not saying they don't have their day but I've never really seen the point, ok you might get away with a lighter float but I generally tend to go as heavy as the conditions dictate with a 'conventional' float and it does the trick.

    Flat floats just appear to be a variant of 'laying on', possibly brought over from the continent as their standard take on the theme.

    But the grass is always greener, as they say, especially the tackle dealers.

    I can't really see the bait acting any differently and given that that sorts the presentation there are plenty of other floats which will do the same job... Namely registering the bite.

    Over complicated and unnecessary imo, but I'm probably wrong lol
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    This will surprise many people but i bought one of these and have never used it believing it was only for pole use which i don't do. I was going to give it Kev when i saw him next.

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    Back in the 60’s there were a number of flat floats made under various names. Some were called sail floats, some aerofoil floats I remember trying them but they were not suitable on the waters I fished at the time. I think Allcocks made them.
    Just found them on the net under the name of Streamsearch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    This will surprise many people but i bought one of these and have never used it believing it was only for pole use which i don't do. I was going to give it Kev when i saw him next.

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    The last time conditions allow me to fish the Dorset Stour the guy below me was using one. I wandered down and had a craic with him. He was using it for the first time and kept consulting the instructions. He fished it in 10 ft, 4 rods lengths out, well overdepth on a river carrying a foot of flood water. At first nothing happened then everything tightened up and away it went trotting down stream straight as a die without the slightest deviation, so it worked. He never had a bite on it. Personally I would have fancied my chances better with a plank of wood, but what do I know. Pete
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