Stick Float Making

bailpy6

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Hey All,

Does anyone have any guides on making your own stick floats for river trotting? Obviously making these at home, fancy trying maybe!

Sites to be buy materials would be greatly appreciated too!

Thanks,
Bailey.
 

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Top tip for stems: buy the packs of children's paintbrushes (PoundLand?) with tapered plastic stems and you can emulate what John Dean did all those years ago.
Alternative stems 1.6mm alloy rods, on ebay if you can find them.

After that just get some balsa dowel in 6mm plus paints to suit and you're away.

Cane stems tend to be too light to work well.
 

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You can collect Norfolk reed and use that, you can even add weight inside the reed should you wish. I've never used it but Sakanda reed is available on ebay and I'm sure you'll find more places that sell it if you google it.

Crow quills and swan quills are easily collected and make excellent floats too.
 

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You can collect Norfolk reed and use that, you can even add weight inside the reed should you wish. I've never used it but Sakanda reed is available on ebay and I'm sure you'll find more places that sell it if you google it.

Crow quills and swan quills are easily collected and make excellent floats too.
Those materials may be used for float making it's true but not for making STICK floats.
 

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Sakanda reed is far too light, I have loads of Ultra sticks with lignum stems they are perfect. Lignum vitae is a heavy wood that will sink without the balsa top.
Ultra floats are still trading search them out they may help with lignum if you struggle to find any.
 

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Top tip for stems: buy the packs of children's paintbrushes (PoundLand?) with tapered plastic stems and you can emulate what John Dean did all those years ago.
Alternative stems 1.6mm alloy rods, on ebay if you can find them.

After that just get some balsa dowel in 6mm plus paints to suit and you're away.

Cane stems tend to be too light to work well.
I Guess you cut the tip you want from the shape you make the wood, any good tools to shape the wood to what I want on the cheap?

Is there any prep you would need to do to the balsa? I've made foam pole floats before.
 

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I use an electric drill on a bench stand laid on its side to shape the balsa with sandpaper. Then I use sanding sealer, varnish an enamel paint.
 
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This came up last year. Look at General Fishing and thread Shotting for a stick float. I put a post on there dated 21st Sept 2019 you may find useful. There are also many excellent posts there by other forum members on stick floats. This is the link
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Hey All,

Does anyone have any guides on making your own stick floats for river trotting? Obviously making these at home, fancy trying maybe!

Sites to be buy materials would be greatly appreciated too!

Thanks,
Bailey.
I used to make them out of plastic straws and glue a piece of stainless steel wire in the base for self cocking and casting and a bit of wood glued in the top
 
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