Domed Top Alloy Stem Stick Floats
Alloy stem stick floats are prefect for many flowing waters, whether it be a small stream to big rivers. The alloy stem helps to sit the float up faster as well as giving better stability in faster flowing waters. I.E the float always wants to sit up where's a lignum (all wood) type float wants to lay flat.
These domed top stick floats are a little more sensitive than the shouldered type. The alloy stem will help with the float riding up in the water when held back. But they are not really suited to holding back hard.
I like to fish these floats dotted right down to a pimple, Even slightly over shotted so you can run them through at half pace on tight line. You are in control of the float all the time.
Shot with a small bulk around mid depth slowly tapering out towards the hook length. This helps to get the float ready to indicate any bites quicker while the slower tapered shot below start to dot the float down. You'll be able read bites far better this way as the float will either be held up (float not settled down) or the float will just sail under.
As a general rule I find a gram to a gram and a half covers many medium flowing rivers, depending on depth. 6 No'4 is roughly 1.2gram (1 No4 = 0.2g)
You don’t need to use No4 shot though as these can be broken down into much smaller No8 and No6 shot to give you more flexibility with your shotting arrangement.
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