I have been doing a spot of float fishing over the past 2 weeks for a change, there is something about watching a float slide under that is intoxicating. My main target was tench. I have been using a 4AA onion style of float, 6lb main line, .15 hooklength to a size 14 hook. A great set up for the tench but when they were not in the swim the roach were, the problem was that with the heavy tench set up I was missing a lot of bites.
Today I decided to set another rod up but with a lighter set up and with the windy conditions we have been having I decided to use a Drennan driftbeater float, the problem was that I didn't have two the same so I opted for the 2SSG float for the tench rig and the 2AA one for the roach set up. What a revelation the 2AA float was.
It actually took nearer 3AA, all of this was placed equally either side of the float, I then had 2 no.8 stotz at mid depth a further one between those and my match swivel and a 12" hook lenth of .13 to a size 16 hook. The set up cast beautifully even tho the wind was in my face, but the magic bit was the delicate stem took about 10 seconds to set down to the tip of the float, you could read every bite on the drop, this resulted in a lot more roach being hooked. Then when I got a lift bite the whole of the stem rose out of the water.
Sods law tho, first chuck in I caught a tench, but the rig held up and the tench of around 6lb was soon in the landing net.
What a great float I have discovered, It has made my float fishing sessions a whole lot more enjoyable and more importantly should result in more fish in the keepnet on the next match.
Accept that some times you are a pigeon and other times you are the statue.