SILVER FISH POLE FLOATS – TESTED
Tested by Dave Coster
Classic streamlined body canal style pole float, with a fibreglass stem and super sensitive fibre tip, offering six sizes from 2×10 up to 12×10. All floats are finished in matt black, with attractive cosmetics and clearly marked capacities. The latter cover everything from fishing shallow to deep, suiting delicate rigs including strung and bulk set-ups. The slim body shape and sensitive, highly visible tip performs well with popular silver fish baits like punch, hemp, squatt, pinkie and bloodworm. Only drawback is these floats need to be coaxed upright with strung rigs, due to their lightweight stems.
Slim bodies are finished in matt green and black and feature fine plastic tips and medium wire stems. The range starts at 0.1 gr going up to 1.5 gr. Smaller sizes take minimal weight, perfect for shallow far bank canal and feature work with tiny bulks or strung formats. Larger sizes suit olivette bulks and small droppers when fishing deeper and tight to the bottom. These are popular bloodworm and squatt floats, designed to be fished on a short line with light 0.06 mm to 0.08 mm traces and tiny size 20 to 24 hooks. Also good speed floats with bread punch, hemp and pinkie because they cock fast.
Streamlined body-down shaped floats with long fibreglass stems and super bright, extremely sensitive fibre tips. Sizes range from 4×10 to 1.5 gr being ideal for most stillwater applications. Smaller sizes can be used with strung shot, while larger capacity floats suit bulk set-ups with 2 to 3 strung micro shot, or Styls, spread out below. Body-down floats like this are particularly good in deeper lakes, fishing a short line for optimum tackle control, targeting species like roach and skimmers. The extra long sight tips are very handy for combating drift and windy conditions.
Body-down floats with bright fibre tips and stable wire stems, ranging from 0.10 to 0.5 gr finished with Maver’s distinct Black Ice cosmetics. The wire stems help to cock this pattern unaided, which makes fishing with strung shot a lot easier – especially when looking for bites up-in-the-water or on-the-drop. The highly visible and sensitive fibre tips show up well in all conditions and highlight the most delicate of bites. These floats suit shallow to medium depth canal and lake venues, being perfect for roach and skimmer fishing with smaller baits, light lines and tiny fine wire hooks.
Slim, streamlined body floats with short fibre sight tips and medium wire stems. Finished in Browning’s trademark burgundy, yellow and black colours. Sizes range from 0.10 gr to 2 gr, with smaller floats suiting shallow work for silver fish, with spread micro shot of slightly strung bulks. Larger sizes are better with an olivette bulk and two or three micro shot spread out below. These floats have ultra fine tips, ideal for baits like bloodworm, joker, squatt and pinkie. They perfectly suit canals and shallow lakes when targeting small fish at speed, where the wire stems cock them quickly.
Matt black and silver diamond shaped body has a long, stable wire stem and a sensitive, translucent fibre tip. With weight capacities covering 0.1 gr to 0.5 gr, these floats are ideal for bloodworm and other small baits when targeting silvers in big numbers. They are very stable in wind and drift, working well with strung micro weights or small bulks. The long wire stems cock these floats quickly without any prompting, superb for speed fishing on a short line in shallow to medium depths. Also makes a great bread punch or squatt design in slow moving rivers and drift affected drains.
NOTE: All products tested January 2010. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.Like Angler's Mail? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.