Running Line Floats

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Over the years I have fished and competed on hundreds of venues, in many different situations, and the experience gained has allowed me to develop a range of running line floats that will cover virtually any situation you are likely to encounter. Choosing the correct float for a situation is vital so I hope you find my guide useful.

Please click on the images to enlarge the detail, all floats are available with orange or yellow tops unless otherwise mentioned

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INSERT PEACOCK WAGGLER

SIZES: 2AAA, 5BB, 3AAA, 4AAA, 5AAA

This is the perfect float for shy biting stillwater and river fish where sensitivity rather than buoyancy is required. The ultra light hollow insert allows light to shine through it and can be seen easily, even when dotted down to a dimple. This float is best used with very little shot down the line and fished with the depth set off the bottom, I would recommend a simple shotting pattern. The majority of the shot is used to set the float to the level of the insert with just a few No8 or No10 shot equally spaced down the line. Always have the bottom shot around eight to ten inches from the hook.

THICK INSERT WAGGLER

SIZES: 2AAA, 3AAA, 4AAA, 5AAA, 6AAA

On days when our Insert Peacock Wagglers and a little too sensitive for a situation you might find these thicker designs useful. They’re great floats for stillwaters and rivers as the hollow plastic inserts allow light to penetrate through and help you to see the float better.

Lock the float onto the line with the majority of the capacity and then put a No6 or No8 shot down the line for every two foot of water.

SENSITIP WAGGLER

SIZES: 2AAA, 3AAA, 4AAA, 5AAA, 6AAA

This unique float has been developed for use on stillwaters and slow moving rivers. The crosshead insert gives an illusion of a solid colour at distance but because of the shape its ultra sensitive. This means less resistance to fish and more time for you to hit the bite!
The insert can be used as it comes or trimmed down carefully with a sharp blade or scissors. We’ve left the inserts orange or yellow but these can be modified by using black paint or a marker pen to reduce the amount of colour.
Recommended shotting for these floats is with the majority of the shot locking the float onto the line and a No8 shot down the line for every two foot of water.

STRAIGHT PEACOCK WAGGLER

SIZES: 3BB, 2AAA, 5BB, 3AAA, 4AAA, 5AAA

This is the float to use when you need more buoyancy in the tip of the float and takes over where the insert waggler leaves off and it can be used on rivers or stillwaters. Always use sufficient locking shot around the float to comfortably cast to the distance you require. Down the line, use a No8 or No6 shot for every two feet of water plus a No8 on the hooklength. For a swim eight feet deep therefore I would recommend four No8 or four No6 shot plus that all-important hooklength shot, positioned ten inches from the hook.

No1 (THIN) SPECI WAGGLER

SIZES: 2AAA, 3AAA, 4AAA, 5AAA, 6AAA

A new addition to the Speci Waggler family, this float is perfect for stillwater and river venues between two feet and six feet deep. Keep the shotting simple with the bulk of the shot locking the float onto the line and use a No8 or No6 shot for every two feet of water plus a No8 on the hooklength.

No2 (STANDARD) SPECI WAGGLER

SIZES: 2AAA, 3AAA, 4AAA, 5AAA, 6AAA, 4SSG, 5SSG

This all balsa float is really versatile as it can be used on fast shallow rivers or as a pellet waggler on stillwaters. If you look closely at the diameter you will notice that in terms of buoyancy, this float takes over where the thick peacock waggler leaves off. The small sizes are perfect for very shallow swiftly flowing rivers while the longer floats can be used at distance in depths up eight or ten feet. I lock these floats onto the line with the bulk of the shot then use a No4 shot for every two feet of depth plus a No6 on the hooklength. For a depth of ten feet therefore, use five No4’s and a No6.

No3 (THICK) SPECI WAGGLER

SIZES: 2SSG, 3SSG, 4SSG, 5SSG, 6SSG

This is the ‘beast’ of my waggler float designs! I developed this float from many sessions on shallow stretches of the Severn where I needed to use thick 5lb and 6lb lines to cope with hard fighting barbel. Standard wagglers that took enough shot to be cast to the correct distance were simply too long for the depth of water but once I tried the hand made prototypes of this pattern I immediately knew I was onto a winner! The shotting equation for this float is very similar to the Standard Speci Waggler with a No4 down for every two feet of water plus a No6 or even a No4 on the hooklength. Interestingly, this design has also found favour with anglers fishing shallow for carp with pellets.

No1 TRUNCHEON WAGGLER

SIZES: 2AAA, 3AAA, 4AAA, 5AAA, 6AAA

The tapered design of this float results in a float with the same diameter top and the same buoyancy as the Standard Speci Waggler but with a lot more length. It is therefore a better design in deeper water and for coping with difficult downstream wind. It’s also an excellent stillwater float in situations where you need a buoyant top but more length than traditional pellet wagglers

No2 TRUNCHEON WAGGLER

SIZES: 2SSG, 3SSG, 4SSG, 5SSG

This float has a very slightly thinner tip diameter to the Thick Speci Waggler but with more length as a result of the tapered design. It’s the float to go for when you are targeting big fish with bunches of maggots or pellets in depths from four feet to ten feet. Use the bulk of the shot around the float with a No4 shot for every two-foot of depth below.

No1 LOADED SPECI WAGGLER

SIZES: 4g, 6g, 8g

For anglers that prefer loaded floats to having shot on the line, these are the number one choices for both rivers and stillwaters.
The bases of the floats, which are the same diameter as our Standard Speci Wagglers have removable brass washers and by carefully unscrewing these you can increase the shotting capacity down the line.
You can lock these floats onto the line with small shot but a better way is to put two float stops above the float and three below it. This will allow you to cast the load easily without the float slipping on the line.

No2 LOADED SPECI WAGGLER

SIZES: 4g, 6g, 8g, 10g

These floats are the same in design to our popular Thick Speci Wagglers but with a noticeable difference in that all the capacity is built into the base of the float. Like the No1 float, there are removable washers so you can adjust these to suit whatever shot you want down the line.

2No4 & 3No4 SIZES NOW AVAILABLE

ALLOY STEM No1 SHALLOW WATER STICK

SIZES: 2No4, 3No4, 4No4, 5No4, 6No4, 7No4, 8No4

This range of short top and bottom floats is perfect for fast flowing shallow water where buoyancy and visibility are important.
It’s the pattern to use close in on shallow big rivers and also on swift flowing smaller streams and can be used with a bulk shot or strung out shotting pattern.
The highly visible tip of this float means that you can see it a long way down the swim and the buoyancy means you can fish with the bait tripping the river bed without the float constantly dragging under.

NEW FOR 2016

ALLOY STEM No2 SHALLOW WATER STICK

SIZES: 2No4, 3No4, 4No4, 5No4, 6No4, 7No4, 8No4

Like its older brother, the No1 Shallow Water Stick, this pattern has been designed for situations where you need a short float. This new design is much more sensitive than the original, though, and is better for species like roach and dace.
A strung out shotting pattern is recommended for the four smaller sizes while a small bulk shotting arrangement can be used with the three larger floats.
Recommended main lines for these floats are 0.14mm or 0.16mm and to achieve perfect presentation, use a small section of tight fitting (thin wall) silicone rubber at the top.

IMPROVED DESIGN AND 2No4 SIZE NOW AVAILABLE.

ALLOY STEM SHOULDERED STICK

SIZES: 2No4, 4No4, 6No4, 8No4, 10No4, 12No4, 14No4

Shouldered stick floats are popular with anglers all over the UK and this range will cover a lot of different situations and depths. As a general rule always use a No4 shot per foot of water so in a swim that’s eight feet deep go for an 8No4 float. You don’t need to use No4 shot though as these can be broken down into much smaller No8 and No6 shot to give you more flexibility with your shotting arrangement.
For 2015 these floats have been improved with longer alloy stems which gives them much better stability and improves bait presentation. Also new for 2015 is a smaller 2No4 size.

IMPROVED DESIGN AND NEW 2No4 SIZE NOW AVAILABLE.

ALLOY STEM DOME TOP STICK

SIZES: 2No4, 4No4, 6No4, 8No4, 10No4, 12No4, 14No4, 16No4

There are days when a big stick float with strung out shots works much better than a float with a bulk shot arrangement. I realised this many years ago on deep River Severn swims and also on other rivers like the Trent and Wye. Use a No4 shot per foot of water so for a 10ft deep swim a 10no4 float is the one to go for.
For 2015 these floats have been improved with longer alloy stems which gives them much better stability and improves bait presentation. Also new for 2015 is a smaller 2No4 size.

2No4 SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

LIGNUM STEM SHOULDERED TOP STICK

SIZES: 2No4, 4No4, 6No4, 8No4, 10No4, 12No4, 14No4

If you need a fairly sensitive float tip but also need to fish a fair way out these lignum base floats offer everything you need. They’re designed for use in medium flowing water in depths up to around sixteen feet and I use them with a strung out shotting pattern using equally spread No4 shot with a No6 just above the hooklength and a No8 on it.

2No4 SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

LIGNUM STEM DOME TOP STICK

SIZES: 2No4, 4No4, 6No4, 8No4, 10No4, 12No4, 14No4

These floats take over where the shouldered patterns leave off and they work really well in fast flowing water where you also need to fish a long way out. The bulbous tips of the floats are easy to see at distance, which is important when you are catching your fish 30 metres or more downstream of where you are sat. Shotting is kept simple and I recommend a strung out arrangement of No4’s with a No6 on the hooklength.

NEW

No1 INSERT STICK

SIZES: 2No4, 4No4, 6No4, 8No4, 10No4, 12No4, 14No4

This brand new design is totally unique in the world of stick float fishing. The floats feature short, colour impregnated hollow inserts instead of being painted which means they are much easier to see whenever there is sunlight on the water. The diameters of the inserts have been graded to suit the float sizes and the floats are ideally suited to depths from 4ft to 14ft.
This is also a brilliant float for use with long elasticated whips, a style of fishing that is becoming more and more popular in the UK.

NEW

No1 HEAVY BASE STICK

SIZES: 6No4, 8No4, 10No4, 12No4, 14No4

Another brand new and totally unique design. This pattern features a shouldered top and a heavy 2.4mm aluminium stem, which gives the float significantly more weight than any previous designs. This makes the floats easy to use for distance casting and gives the angler much better control in pacy water. They’re especially good in downstream wind as the float ‘sits in’ and the line can be easily mended against them. This, in turn makes for better bait presentation.

NEW

No2 HEAVY BASE STICK

SIZES: 6No4, 8No4, 10No4, 12No4, 14No4

Another totally unique pattern. This one has a dome top but also features a heavy 2.4mm aluminium stem. It’s the pattern to go for when you need more visibility than the shouldered No1 version and is ideal for running long distances down fast flowing swims. This pattern and the No1 float are both best fished with strung out shotting, spread from around 1ft below the float right the way down to within 10in from the hook.

NOW WITH LONGER STEMS

No1 ALLOY STEM AVON

SIZES: 2g, 3g, 4g, 5g, 6g, 8g

These floats are designed for fishing with a bulk rig around two to three feet from the hook and one or two droppers, either No4 or No6 shot, below. The tip diameter of this float is critical in my opinion and you will notice that the diameters get progressively thicker as the floats get bigger. To help choose the right size of float, as a general guide, use 1g for every two feet of water. A fast flowing eight foot deep swim therefore requires a 4g float.

NEW

No2 ALLOY AVON

SIZES: 2g, 3g, 4g, 5g, 6g

Our original No1 Alloy Avon has become a big success with anglers all over the UK and abroad but there are times when the tops of the floats can be a little too big and buoyant. This new No2 model has been developed with species like roach, dace and chub in mind and all five sizes feature long alloy stems and smaller diameter, tapered tops.
The reason for this taper is to allow the angler to shot the float well down when a bulk rig as well as a reasonable amount of sensitivity is required. The shouldered design allows the angler to hold back quite hard in strong flow.

NOW WITH LONGER STEMS

No1 (STANDARD) BOLO

SIZES: 3g, 4g, 5g, 6g

These floats are designed for use in deep water, usually with a long rod approach. My general rule of thumb for this sort of fishing is to use 1g for every three feet of water. A swim that is around twelve feet deep should therefore be tackled with a 4g float. The hollow tips of these floats allows for easy visibility at distance.

NOW WITH LONGER STEMS

No2 BOLO

SIZES: 3g, 4g, 5g, 6g

This float features the same thickness hollow bristle as the No1 Bolo but the body shape makes it a better choice where there is more flow, as it is easier to control and hold back.
To choose the correct size, use 1g of capacity for every two to three feet of water.

NOW WITH LONGER STEMS

No3 (BIG) BOLO

SIZES: 4g, 6g, 8g, 10g

This pattern takes over where the No2 Bolo leaves off. It has a thicker hollow bristle and the shape of the float allows it to be held back hard and easily controlled in very strong current. This float works especially well in depths from six to fifteen feet and should be fished with a bulk rig either of shot or an olivette. Below the bulk, which is placed around two to three feet from the hook, use a No4 or No1 drop shot.

NEW (ADDITIONAL 4g SIZE ADDED JUNE 2016)

No4 BOLO

SIZES: 1g, 1.5g, 2g, 2.5g, 3g, 4g

Until now, most anglers have regarded bolo fishing as a style to use in deep water with floats of 3g and above. This new model changes everything as it’s designed for use in depths from 5ft to 12ft in any situations where a bulk and single dropper can be used in preference to a strung out shotting pattern.
It’s also a great float to use on rivers in conjunction with a long elasticated whip, a style that’s becoming very popular on a lot of rivers where species like dace, roach and perch are the targets.
New 4g size now available.

BALSA MISSILE

SIZES: 3g, 4g, 5g, 6g, 8g, 10g

This is a great float for targeting barbel and chub in fast shallow water. It’s the perfect float for any fast water situation where buoyancy and visibility are the key requirements.
I always use this pattern with an olivette rather than a bulk of shot as it’s far less prone to tangle this way and casts much better too. Below the olivette, which is fixed about 18 inches to two foot from the hook, I use one shot, which is usually a No4 or a No1 when I’m using maggots or casters.
For big baits like pellets, meat, corn and bread it’s often better to just have the bulk about a foot to eighteen inches above the hook with no drop shot.

DAVE’S TOP 10 TIPS FOR RUNNING LINE FLOAT SUCCESS


1. Always take plenty of time to plumb the depth before you start.
2. For river fishing, use a floating line spray to coat the line before starting.
3. Floating line grease applied to the line above the float aids line control.
4. Always use a float adaptor to enable you to change waggler floats quickly.
5. Always use three rubbers on stick float rigs, in case the top one breaks.
6. Always keep running line floats on winders to save time when setting up.
7. Always use a float that is big enough to easily reach the distance.
8. Carry a selection of floats with different colour tops to suit the conditions.
9. Use a marker pen to black out the float tip if the water reflection is light.
10. Always experiment between strung out and bulk shotting on deep rivers.