Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Floats & Reels.

Having stopped coarse fishing many years ago for one reason and another and selling all my equipment, I find myself moving back into coarse fishing for the simple reason that my grandson is now becoming of an age where we can go and spend some time together. An easy introduction to the outdoor life, also I remember that time spent by the bank is so relaxing and the cares of the world disappear for a few hours. So my long road to equipping my self has started. I have purchased a second hand seat box from ebay that needs a bit of work before I'm able to use it. I remember that I had a selection of handmade floats in the past as well, so after trawling the internet I came across the following site:  Fenlands Fine Floats After dropping Stuart Broughton the gentleman who runs the handmade float buisness an email for more details (he responded very quickly) I decided to order a nine float set.

I ordered the following floats as seen in the picture above from Left to Right, Fenland Straight Reed Wagglers, Fenland Reed Carp Stalker Margin Floats and Inserted Reed Wagglers. The order was placed Stuart informed me that they would take about three weeks to make as they are made to order.

Fenland Straight Reed Wagglers
Buying online can sometimes be problamatic at best and at times you do not always get what you see in the advertisement of goods. In this case the handmade floats from Stuart met and exceeded my expectations, they are well made and wonderful floats to behold.

Fenland Reed Carp Stalker Margin Floats
You can order the floats with various colour tips, in the picture above I decided to have the smallest float white tipped for close in work. It will be some time before I actually use the floats but I have no doubt that they will perfom as well as they look.

Inserted Reed Wagglers
As someone who likes to make individual handmade items himself I can appreciate the amount of effort that Stuart puts into his floats. The quality of the workmanship is fantastic I would not hesitate to recommend Stuarts handmade floats to other anglers and the price in my humble opinion is value for money.

Hand Line
On a similar theme I decided that I would like to do some handline fishing when I go abroad next year as I intend to live of the land for a week or so. Trying to source a decent hand line reel in the UK is nigh on impossible.

However, in New Zealand and Austraila its an everyday thing to use a hand reel, although my father says its for kids over in NZ while the adults use a rod and line!!! Anyway I asked my father if he would kindly source a hand reel for me and he sent me the yellow peril above, thank you dad.

It came with line hook and lead attached not sure if I will change things around a bit we will have to see. I just need to get some casting practice in before next year. But what it is, is very light for packing in the sack on my travels, sure there are lighter things like the old pop can etc, but this is purpose made.

That's it, thanks for reading.



  1. that's dinner sorted - and I look forward to learning a bit about fishing .......

    1. We will see about teaching you fishing....last time you went ice fishing you come home with two big trout.