Making Balsa Fishing Floats. My way with pictures
If you have read some of my fishing journal post, I mention my setups normally have one of my handmade Balsa floats included.
A friend asked how I made these so here is how I do it with pictures and I know you will get some value from it.
I have found that I do not need anything smaller or bigger at the moment to cope with the fishing situations I have found myself in, but have an open mind on this if later my needs change.
I hand drill a 2mm hole to accept the nylon float eye which fits snugly and glue this in place.
The raw floats are now left for the glue to go off fully, about 2 hours
I like to show the wood off that I use and on the Balsa floats, I make a 3/4″ black base and in these ones, a 3/4″ high viz orange tip.
At this point I hand write the make and size in fine pen approximately in the middle of the float.
Now I brush the lacquer on thinly and evenly.
Between each coat I have to wait at least 8 hours before I can de-nibb the floats with fine sandpaper before applying the next coat.
You can see why this section can take about 2 days to achieve a nice final finish.
The cocking weights required are from 2AAA to 3SSG to make the floats sit up to the bottom of the tip and then a shoting pattern relevant for the days fishing session to the hook length.
Normally leave about 12mm (1/2″) showing but on no wind days, I shot down so the tip is barley above water for a very sensitive bite indication.
So eagle eyed readers may of notice a few missing from the finished line up. These have already gone to customers for them to enjoy fishing with these great all round balsa floats
In another post I will show how I make my “Windy” and Avon floats you can see in the background .
Wishing you tight lines
Added 8th of May 2017:
Added this short video of me hand painting the Balsa floats