- Jun 18, 2018
Just having a read, loads of famous names from the past, and talking of the 1200 peg matches.
Correct me if I am wrong but is the picture Johnny Rolf? Looks like a walkers of trowel jacket he is wearing. John was credited as being the first to seriously fish with a bottom end attached float in the Trent and they were referred to as swingers. The term waggler came along later. You could buy floats with a Johnny Rolf swinger attachment, a long eye that was turned into itself so you didn't have to break down to change your float
That's right, i remember Dave taking over, my mate Mick Bailey was head of mail order at the time.I think Dave Barden was John Walker’s business partner and took over when John died. Shaun Harrison also worked there for years.
It is many years since I have been there but used to be a regular customer
Interesting this waggler thing.
When I started "proper grown-up fishing" in about 1961 on the Chesterfield canal everyone attached the float by the bottom ring only. They weren't "wagglers", they were just floats - usually Porcupine quills. They came supplied with a little band to attach them at the top but I don't or can't recall anyone doing that.
Here I am in 2020 and I still just attach the float by the bottom.
I keep hearing and reading of "stick float technique" but I'm never quite sure of the advantage.
I will now sit back and wait to be told.
‘ Zoomer ‘ .... that name is a blast from the past. A bit like ‘ onion ‘. This forum some days makes me feel old. ??Having read the Ivan Marks books he refers to zoomer floats which I took to be a large distance float attached top and bottom , he used these sometimes when bream fishing on the nene and Witham etc is this what was used before the waggler or is it just another method of the times or was it Ivans preference for distance fishing, Ivan was my hero and met him once what a guy he made time for everone