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I have always loved the look of traditional floats. I have some from my early fishing years late 1950s and love just collecting them as well as using them.
I have over the years collected about 400 and have them stored in 5 wooden boxes. Part of the collection consists of 65 Hand made floats made over the last 3 or 4 years by Ian Lewis. Before starting collecting Ian's float I looked around for floats made by a number of other makers. I found Ian's floats
to be very good quality and at a very reasonable price. Of those 65 floats 3 are made from Raptor feathers. Each one has a certificate which is needed to prove they came from annual moults, and are required by law. 1= Peregrine Faulcon, 1= Eagle Owl and 1= Golden Eagle. All came from a live collection of Raptors when the owners contacted Ian during the first Covid lockdown, as they were not getting any visitors. Ian ran an auction for a number of sets of 3 and I bid enough to acquire a set. All Ian's floats are beautifully made.
Does anyone else like collecting these type of floats?

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I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only TFFer tempted by Ian’s raptor float auction!
viewtopic.php?p=443462&hilit=Owl#p443462

I’ve been buying floats from him since I started using vintage and antique tackle. However, I recently started making my own - with encouragement and advice from others here, it seemed like the logical next step.

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Hi Phil. I have made traditional floats myself and have done since I was a teenager. I am still using them today. I still have about 30 that I made myself when fishing the float, and these are the ones I usually use. Most I have made are more applicable to lake fishing. I like close range carp fishing and find that a slightly over weighted float fished just under the surface and not visible, with a single shot close to the hook and a piece of lobworm on the hook is a great and exciting way to fish. The anticipation of waiting for the float to suddenly appear on the surface is a great way of fishing. As soon as a fish picks up the bait it's game on. You have to keep an eye on the depth as if you cast to say a slightly shallower area it changes things a bit and if it's deeper where you cast you could miss a fish completely

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I make my own quill floats based on the London patent style called naiads. Reminds me I have several that need to be finished off with whipping and varnish, but sadly I've lost the urge to make more.
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Santiago wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 11:40 am I make my own quill floats based on the London patent style called naiads. Reminds me I have several that need to be finished off with whipping and varnish, but sadly I've lost the urge to make more.
That’s a shame, they are very special and appreciated.
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Tengisgol wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:31 pm
Santiago wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 11:40 am I make my own quill floats based on the London patent style called naiads. Reminds me I have several that need to be finished off with whipping and varnish, but sadly I've lost the urge to make more.
That’s a shame, they are very special and appreciated.
Cheers, hopefully one day I'll get the urge to make some more.
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It's good to see that people still like to make their own floats. It makes catching fish all the more enjoyable when it's done using your own products. I have two woodturning lathes and use the small one to make items like floats or making ferrule stoppers for my cane rods. And I have a large lathe for rebuilding old split cane rods.

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