I hope everyone managed to catch the amazing sunrise last Saturday morning…
I was driving to work, passing a local water and had to pull over towatch the brilliant orange sun burning off the dense white swirlingmists.
What an evocative autumn sight reserved for the early morning angler. Shame I hadn’t got the rods!
On the return trip, I called into Cliff Maddon’s tackle shop over atStaveley, to pick up some bait.
I’ve known Cliff for over 25 years now - and we always have a good chinwag, putting the world to rights.
He’s got a supply of floats, which look homemade, they have strong aluminium stems, body-up oval balsa bodies and relatively thick tips,ideal for the breezy conditions forecast for the following morning. Of course I had to have one, I love trying different floats!
Back home, under further inspection, the float was perhaps a little bit old fashioned, the aluminium stem maybe a little too thick.
I rigged up three silicon rubbers on the stem and a black float rubber on the tip.
I didn’t put any shot on the rig, waiting until I got to the fishery.
It looked like it might be a self-cocker.
On the bank with a size 18 hook tied to the rig, I started plumbing up.
I’d got around three foot of water at the side of some lily pads, ideal for a maggot bash!
The float took a single size nine Stotz to cock it and I added two number 11s down the hook length to leave around half an inch of the bright yellow tip showing.
A steady trickle of reds and whites and I soon had my first sail-away bite, which I missed. Nothing changes.
Next put-in resulted in a micro roach, which struggled to swallow the single maggot. At least the float gave a good indication despite the size of the fish.
Quite abruptly a shower of fry broke the surface, scattering pell-mell, probably being pursued by a big perch. Increasing the feed rate and with a couple of reds on the hook, I soon had an indignant half-pound ‘stripey’ in the net.
I lost three more fish through hook pulls then had a good run of decent fish, all on double red.
The new float was well and truly ‘christened’ and I’m back to Cliff’s next weekend for a couple more, in bigger sizes and different tip colours.
You can never have enough floats!