The Floatmakers Thread

Gussyg

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ok guys a little help here , looking at making up some carbon stem pole floats , 0.6 seems a little thin, but 1.0 seems a tad thick, ideally I'd like 0.8 but all my bodies are 1.0 bore and I can't find any aligners to fit 0.8 to 1.0 ,how do you guys get around these kind of issues?
thx
 

GeoffW

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Finesse floats have a full range of stems:- http://finessefloats.com/_a=category&cat_id=9
Originally posted by Gussyg

ok guys a little help here , looking at making up some carbon stem pole floats , 0.6 seems a little thin, but 1.0 seems a tad thick, ideally I'd like 0.8 but all my bodies are 1.0 bore and I can't find any aligners to fit 0.8 to 1.0 ,how do you guys get around these kind of issues?
thx
 
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Spent a few days making myself a set of Perch Bobbers ready for a winter on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Balsa bodies, with cane stems. Inlayed with a small pheasants shoulder feather, and whipped with grade 'A' Fuji Poly Ultra nylon.

Two gram shotting pattern.



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peanut

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Just finished two Fluoros myself Buck.

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peanut

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Cheers Buck.

What are you making next ?

I am on with some large Alloy Stick Floats next. [:D]
 
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Originally posted by peanut

Cheers Buck.

What are you making next ?

I am on with some large Alloy Stick Floats next. [:D]

A small set of Reed Waggler's.

Seven, Eight and Nine inches long.

The bodied waggler is seven inches
long.

Lightly flamed with a hot soldering iron.

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Nice sensitive set. [:T]
 

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Normal answer is that the photo file size is too big. Dave recommends a program called tinipic to reduce the size, I use

http://www.shrinkpictures.com/resize.php

Select resize from the list on the left, then browse for the photo in step 1 and just hit Resize in step 5 without changing anything in the settings. When the picture appears hit "download this picture now" then click save in the popup that appears. Picture file will save in your download folder with a string of numbers/letters as its name. Just rename and move to where you want it stored. Then you can insert photo to the Reply to Topic box on the forum without problem.
 

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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/lathe-made-pike-bobber-first-effort.html?m=1

This is the first float to come off my new mini lathe.

" Pike Bobber Float "

for live and dead baiting.

It is a steep learning curve but, at last, I feel I have something to show all of you. #128522;

Cork boddied with a birch stem. Jay feather inlay with two satelliting jungle cock feathers. Fluorescent pink paint and a brass eye.

As I said its a steep learning curve for me :

1) Using a lathe.

2) Working with cork.

Both had their challanges but a feel I have come out of the other side with a prety good effort.

With a little more practice I feel I can get this pattern looking a LOT better.

What do you think ? #128522;

Click the link above to see some more pictures and a full write up . . . . . . . . . . #128521;

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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

A very special quartet of
" Barbel Stick Floats "
Mainly a Barbel and Chub float for fishing faster water with bigger baits like meat, cheese, pellet, paste, bread, etc
I hope you like them . . . . . . . . . #128522;
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peanut

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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

A first for me......

Some nice . . . . .
Fully Loaded Feather Inlay Inserted Wagglers.

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Some lovely work on here, would love to have a go at the inlaid feather detail.
 
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peanut

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http://purplepeanut007.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hand-crafted-floats-float-making-by.html?m=1

I have been making some Bobbers again.
I must admit I realy like making these.
There is something timeless about their look that I love.

Here are a set of four in fluorescent,

Pink
Yellow
Orange
&
Green.

All with a subtle Blue Pearlescent Jay Feather Inlay.

These will be trundelling down the River Ribble, hopefully to snare a grayling or a big perch.

I have been using green on my floats more and more lately.

A very underestimated colour in my opinion.

I hope you like them.

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