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  • #43565

    TF_SLAB
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    Not used pencil floats.Looking to give them a try.What situations would you recommend and what brand.Commercial or hand made?

  • #125382

    TF_Coxy
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    used them for about 4 years and love them, very stable and use them for most of my pellet fishing

  • #125391

    TF_rik_j
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    In my opinion they are nothing special – It’s just the current fashion in the pole float industry. It is more important to pick the right antenna/stem material, it will have loads more impact on bait presentation that the float shape ever will.

    95% of the anglers are not good enough to register a difference anyway – but the tackle industry don’t tell this as they make good money on the pole floats.

  • #125394

    They certainly aren’t new. Some of the earliest Milo Pole floats I bought back in the 70’s were pencil floats. I agree with rik j not only floats but the vast majority of fishing accessories are made to catch anglers.

    The only exceptions are poles, rods and reels and even then there is no need to keep changing them. Some of mine are donkey’s years old and still serviceable.

  • #125445

    ajb
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    Seem to remember an old Dickie Carr pole fishing book with pictures of slim floats for hemp. Must be 20 years old. I mostly believe in getting feeding/presentation right – exact float shape is a way down the list for most mortals.

    That said, I’d use as slim a float as the flow/tow allows. Provided you can get the bait steady it must help a little bit.

    If it feels right on the day, it probably is!

  • #125474

    TF_SLAB
    Member

    I was just thinking of giving them a try.Their are so many types on the market.Sensas,Garbolino ect or would you go for the hand made types Malman,Hillbilly ect.

  • #125477

    As ajb says there are times and places for them. The smaller and lighter the float the less resistance to the fish (by way of inertia) the better. Body shape is important as well.

    As for whether to buy hand made or mass produced that is very much a personal matter. I wouldn’t bother too much if if it was just silvers but if carp were in the picture then the stronger floats would be better.

  • #125478

    TF_Stewart
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    I like the Tamas Walter pencil floats. IMO they are brilliant. When I gave some to a well known float maker to try he also thought they were the best, and whats more used them when he was on a festival at White Acres. The larger sizes around 1gram – 1.25 are very good in the deep water at Porth. Smaller sizes .3gram -.5 are very good for silvers.

  • #125496

    TF_breamer
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    what are these floats like in tow. do they stay upright or tend to leen over?
    cheers

  • #125511

    Anonymous

    @breamer wrote:

    what are these floats like in tow. do they stay upright or tend to leen over?
    cheers

    only pencil floats I have used are ackoos and they are great mate, stay upright and VERY stable

  • #125513

    Anonymous

    @ajb wrote:

    I mostly believe in getting feeding/presentation right – exact float shape is a way down the list for most mortals.

    the float has a GREAT deal to do with the presentation of a bait

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