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Floats for big river

Post by JimboM » Tue Jan 12 2021 19:41

Thinking about having a go at deadbaiting at the weekend on my local stretch of river, it's a non-tidal section but it's still a big river with a fair bit of current.
Never done it before but want to try a float ledger rig but need to get a some floats. Might be overthinking this but there's obviously a huge choice so what sort of design\shape and weight of float would be most suitable?

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by BillCollins » Tue Jan 12 2021 22:51

You don't need to be too specific, an inline set up is a good start if there's a reasonable flow. Any medium to large sized pike or sea float should be ok. Set it a good bit overdepth, the flow will keep the line tight between the float and the rig so any interest in the bait will still show up straight away. Keep the rod tip high on a single rest and keep as much of the line as possible between the rod and float off the water. Ideally, fish the rig slightly upstream of your position. As often as not, pike will 'drop back' when picking up a bait on the river and you'll spot this quicker fishing as above, particularly with a semi fixed lead.

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by suffolk si » Tue Jan 12 2021 23:33

I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
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Re: Floats for big river

Post by jeff smith » Tue Jan 12 2021 23:40

https://www.eddieturner.co.uk/pike-tack ... ts-17.html

The largest ( which needs at leat 3oz to anchor)of Eddie’s floats have served me very well for many years on a deep,fast flowing tidal that I fish.
These floats are fished ‘waggler style’ i.e bottom attachment only, and sit up nicely in the flow when adjusted correctly to varying degrees over depth. They’ll also support a reasonable sized bait on a paternoster.

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by jeff smith » Tue Jan 12 2021 23:42

suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Ha, you beat me to it Si...... great minds😂

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by suffolk si » Tue Jan 12 2021 23:43

jeff smith wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Ha, you beat me to it Si...... great minds😂
👍There’s some bargain rip off on eBay without the beads too if you want some proper cheap ones

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by Daniel » Wed Jan 13 2021 14:06

f*****g great big sea fishing floats!

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by John Milford » Wed Jan 13 2021 14:28

suffolk si wrote:
jeff smith wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Ha, you beat me to it Si...... great minds😂
👍There’s some bargain rip off on eBay without the beads too if you want some proper cheap ones
Those connecting beads are as cheap as chips Si (and very good). I just re-stocked and got 60 for under three quid on eBay.

I've used them for years as it's so easy to clip/unclip the floats, but keep the rod rigged up. Also easy to change floats to a different colour tip, for changes in light conditions or surface background refection. :thumbs:
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Re: Floats for big river

Post by MarkBerrisford » Wed Jan 13 2021 14:41

suffolk si wrote:
jeff smith wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Ha, you beat me to it Si...... great minds😂
👍There’s some bargain rip off on eBay without the beads too if you want some proper cheap ones
Think that’s where Eddie gets them from😂
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Re: Floats for big river

Post by Mike J » Wed Jan 13 2021 14:43

Daniel wrote:
f*****g great big sea fishing floats!

To right :thumbs:

For;
Cheap as chips, indestructible, reversible, can be piggybacked for extra buoyancy with large baits, can be adapted to add to assembled gear.

Against,
They have no brand name on them - only a problem of you like named tackle.

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by Pikerd74 » Wed Jan 13 2021 14:51

I bought some of these ET floats from the friendly fisherman maybe 10 years ago and they are still going strong! The have a metal insert which does not wear when using braid.... they are like the AK47 of pike floats.
I bought 3 of each type and still have 2 of each unused.
https://www.thefriendlyfisherman.co.uk/ ... IDER-.html

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by Kev Berry » Wed Jan 13 2021 18:40

suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Made me snigger seeing those floats Si :laughs:
Still went under though :thumbs:
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Re: Floats for big river

Post by suffolk si » Wed Jan 13 2021 18:44

Kev Berry wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Made me snigger seeing those flots Si :laughs:
Still went under though :thumbs:
Yep👍Not as pretty as your handmade ones but did the job.they might get to go under again in a couple of weeks if I can convince the wife to let me out🤣

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by Kev Berry » Wed Jan 13 2021 18:47

suffolk si wrote:
Kev Berry wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Made me snigger seeing those flots Si :laughs:
Still went under though :thumbs:
Yep👍Not as pretty as your handmade ones but did the job.they might get to go under again in a couple of weeks if I can convince the wife to let me out🤣
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Re: Floats for big river

Post by suffolk si » Wed Jan 13 2021 19:16

😳😳that’s one more than I will catch in January I reckon🤣

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by Andytheammer » Wed Jan 13 2021 21:15

John Milford wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
jeff smith wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Ha, you beat me to it Si...... great minds😂
👍There’s some bargain rip off on eBay without the beads too if you want some proper cheap ones
Those connecting beads are as cheap as chips Si (and very good). I just re-stocked and got 60 for under three quid on eBay.

I've used them for years as it's so easy to clip/unclip the floats, but keep the rod rigged up. Also easy to change floats to a different colour tip, for changes in light conditions or surface background refection. :thumbs:
Been using these floats with Kellie clips this year :thumbs:

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Post by Gaz Jane » Wed Jan 13 2021 23:16

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by John Milford » Thu Jan 14 2021 00:11

Andytheammer wrote:
John Milford wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
jeff smith wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
I use these for 80 percent of my river fishing, I look like a noddy but they do the job perfectly for me , nice and buoyant and highly visible ( pretty sure Kev and Karl gave me some funny looks when I first used them though lol)
Ha, you beat me to it Si...... great minds😂
👍There’s some bargain rip off on eBay without the beads too if you want some proper cheap ones
Those connecting beads are as cheap as chips Si (and very good). I just re-stocked and got 60 for under three quid on eBay.

I've used them for years as it's so easy to clip/unclip the floats, but keep the rod rigged up. Also easy to change floats to a different colour tip, for changes in light conditions or surface background refection. :thumbs:
Been using these floats with Kellie clips this year :thumbs:
I've been making my own for years Andy :thumbs: - out of short lengths of hard rig tube formed into a curve with boiling water and copper wire, then glued into a drilled out JR leger bead.

They're great when there's some depth to create a good locking angle, but I prefer the 'zip slider' beads and a conventional stop in shallower water.

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Re: Floats for big river

Post by benelli » Thu Jan 14 2021 01:22

You using the Kelly clips on rivers? They working ok?
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Re: Floats for big river

Post by JoeNickel » Thu Jan 14 2021 02:12

I use these, in 6". Tend to fish overdepth with the floats flat. I like the white base, as it's easier to see the whole float, esp as it gets dark.

I've sometimes thought a smaller float would be better on smaller/calmer waters. Every time I've gone for something more discreet I've regretted it - harder to see, and I'm sure the pike don't give a s**t. These are also chunky enough to suspend a heavy bait on the rare occasions I want to fish up in the water.

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