Homemade floats, and archery recycling :)

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bobnewboy

Settler
Jul 2, 2014
942
361
North West Somerset
Hi All,

My missus, knowing that I like to make things, bought me a float fishing kit for Christmas from traditionalfishingfloats.co.uk . I made a couple up, and they have been great in use but very sensitive, so best suited to fishing for small fish. Here is a picture of two of them:



The fluorescent paint is a bit blobby, as I found that putting the yacht varnish over the bright paint darkened it considerably, so I ended up putting a second layer of the fluoro paint over the whole area again. The floats are pretty handy, but a little fragile.

Then, while I was down at the archery club the other weekend, I suddenly had an idea for more floats by re-using a waste product - broken carbon and carbon/alloy arrow shafts. The waste bin at the club hut seems to contain them quite often, and although I only shoot wooden shafts, I was glad to pick them up as they are very light and tough.

With the addition of some line eyes, some pieces of wood and/or biro pens, and yet more fluoro paint, I made a few floats :



Two of them use the plastic nocks they had when they were arrows as the indicator parts. On the second from bottom I included a piece of a broken float which included both the line eye and the counter weight which makes that float self-cocking to a degree.

Hopefully these should withstand even my efforts at casting into trees and wandering around on the bank.

Cheers, Bob
 
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Kepis

Bushcrafter through and through
Jul 17, 2005
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Lovely jubby, those floats would be great for Crucians (ive stocked 6000 of them in the past four years), when the weather warms up a bit and im more mobile you should come down and fish my lakes, im only in W Sussex just off the A24 south of Horsham,
 

bobnewboy

Settler
Jul 2, 2014
942
361
North West Somerset
Thanks all. The kit floats have caught quite a few small fish at my new location, but I haven't had any chance to try the recycled arrow-based floats yet. They will probably be better suited to bigger lakes and deeper water. Time will tell :)