My new Windy Floats
I love float fishing, maybe, just maybe a little more than with fly.
Looking at the swim and weather conditions, choosing your float for the occasion, plumbing the depth and setting your floats tip as low as the waves allow. Baiting up your hook, casting and watching, waiting to strike when your float sinks into the depths.
Even better when you make you own as I do which allows for you to experiment and find what suits you best.
This is where My new Windy Floats have come from.
I have been successfully using my Balsa Stick Floats, catching Carp, Roach, Bream, Perch ext from 20 to 30 yards out & via the margins. But on windy days, I like you, suffer from line & float drift, unless a lot of line sinking after overcasting is dragged through the swim.
There must be a better way I thought while sitting on the bank and via my various fishing books, I found the answer.
Cheating the wind
In my books, Mr Crabtree, Complete book of Float fishing and others, I came across the original WINDCHEATER float which can be as long as 12″. Essentially it is an upside down Avon float.
Having the balsa body at the bottom forces the line under the water and as the float needs a lot of shot to make it cock and sit with just the tip showing, it stays where you put it keeping the bait still on the bottom, making large Perch and Roach less wary as they tend to be suspicious of moving baits.
How to use a Windy Float
To use them on windy days I recommend a float adapter so you can change floats as the wind changes strength during your fishing session.
Lock the float at the base of the adapter with a couple of AAA or even SSG shot.
Now add enough shot about 12″ from the hook to set the amount of tip showing that you need and cast away.
Keep the tip of your rod low and the line tight to the float and as soon as you see the tip disappear lift rod rod tip to set the hook.
Wishing you tight lines