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I have purchased recently. They are manufactured by Preston Innovations and come in various different sizes and styles. The ones I have purchased are the insert dura wag adjustable loading model. If you know anything about freshwater float then you will be aware that some floats come with the weight already built into the base. The majority of the ones I have ever used require some extra shot just to bring them down to the correct depth. However, these new ones by Preston Innovations are fully weighted straight out of the packet. This means that you can simply clip them on the line and they are set up absolutely perfectly in the water. However, some people want to put some extra weight down the line, whether this be some bulk shot to take the bait down quickly, or various shot spread evenly to ensure the bait falls uniformly through the water. These floats have been designed so that you can take small increments of weight off the float in order to you to add your own weight. You simply unscrew the base and slip one of the weights off which come in the form of a small metal ring.
The reason I absolutely love these floats is because you don't use locking shot to attach them to your line. The problem I've always had with using your bog standard shot is getting them to stay on the line properly. I do a lot of margin fishing and nine times out of 10 the carp will take you through all the snags in the margin which normally results in all the shot being either moved, or ripped off completely.
Preston Innovations have also manufactured a float stop kit which takes the place of any locking shot. These small rubber stops slide onto the line and won't fall off. Then if you want to move the float up and down, you simply slide it, there's no need to start messing around with shot that often fall off as soon as you loosen them.
Also included in the float stop kit are swivel quickchange clips. Basically, these are swivel's with a small quickchange clip attached. So what you actually do is lock the swivel onto the line and then attach your float to the clip. This then means that if you want to change floats there's no need to strip everything down, you just open the clip and change the float when needed.
One thing to bear in mind if you are using one of these quick link swivels is that they will add a little bit of extra weight to the float. I found that the small round brass weights on the float are a little over .3 of a gram. Because I prefer to have some weight further down the line I take one of these weights off. I found that a 0.3 g olivette was slightly too heavy, I had to use a 0.2 g olivette. If you are just using the float straight onto the line then a 0.3 g Olivette would balance the float perfectly.
The guys who really knock these loaded floats don't really have a valid argument in my opinion. You can still shot this float in exactly the same way as a normal float, the only difference is the weight is built into the base, you're not using a locking shot. And with all the weight left on the float, they are weighted absolutely perfectly in the water. The weights are quite small when you take them off, you will be quite surprised. You could use trial and error to find the right weight to put on the line. But you could do what I have done, use an electronic set of gold scales to determine how much the small weights weigh. Digital gold scales can measure right down below 1 g say you will know the exact weight to use.
Now I've already mentioned the fact that shot often gets ripped off or moved when I'm fishing. What I've started doing now is actually using in-line olivettes in the place of shot. These olivettes start off at about 0.1 g and go right up to well over 1 g, so you've got more than enough of a variety to choose from. Also, because they are in line, they're not going to fall off, you simply attach them with two pieces of some all silicon which are also slid onto the line above and below.
The only drawback with using in-line olivettes is that in order to change them for a different size, you need to remove your hook so you can slide them off the line. If you think you are going to want to change the weight of the olivette occasionally then I would recommend using the Drennan Pole master olivette which has a small groove that the line slots into, you then lock the olivette with two bits of silicon which are slid onto the line. There is a possibility that it could fall off, but it will be more secure than shot.
The in-line olivettes don't come with any silicon sleeve to secure them in place. Actually, the manufacturers have designed these olivettes to be locked in place by locking shot. To be perfectly honest with you I think this is really complicating things. The whole point of using an olivette is to do away with having to mess around with shot. Because you will be using locking shot, you've then got to start deducting weight in order to get the right way to set the float properly in the water. What I would recommend is to use a couple of small rubber float stops either side of the olivette. Setting up this way means you can slide the Olivette up and down easily, without having to loosen the shot.
I got my floats and olivettes from eBay at a good price. Problem with online shops is they will charge you £1.50 for a box of olivettes and £5 postage and packaging. It's no wonder people prefer eBay nowadays. I'd love to support our local online angling shops, but until they get their act together I'm going to the cheapest place to buy my fishing tackle.
I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham. I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident. Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC. Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio. I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid