With the development of the fishing market in our country, they were replaced by foreign-made silicone cambric. Most often they are sold in sets, where in the sections of the box there are already cut cambric lengths of 1-1.5 cm of various diameters. But since silicone cambric is not cheap, and besides, I do not use large diameters at all as unnecessary, then I prefer Italian silicone cambric, which is sold in unwinding 1 m long. They come in different diameters: 0.2; 0.3; 0.5; 0.7 mm – for float keels of various thicknesses, depending on the material from which the keel is made. Meter unwinding is not enough for one season.
In my practice, I try to buy floats with a yellow antenna. Most of all I like to fish on small rivers, and on them, as a rule, the opposite bank obscures the section of water where the wiring is carried out. Under these conditions, the bright yellow antenna is best seen. However, there are situations – for example, if the sun is shining brightly or there are strong ripples on the water – when the yellow antenna becomes difficult to see. In this case, I always take with me red and black waterproof markers, which allow you to repaint the antenna in a dark color in a matter of seconds. Subsequently, I use rigs with repainted dark antennas on large bodies of water, where the surface of the water is light in clear weather and they are much more noticeable. Although it is very easy to return the antenna to its former color with the help of alcohol or any cologne.
When float fishing with plug and fly rods, the equipment should be stored on the reels. European manufacturers produce reels 14, 16, 18, 22, 25, 30, 35 cm long and 12, 25, 35 mm wide for each length. The length and width of the reel are matched to the length of the float and the diameter of the body, so that both the body and the antenna with the keel do not break during transportation. In order not to damage rigs with floats located on reels, storage boxes are required. Moscow fishermen use boxes made of durable aviation foam used in the defense industry to store equipped reels for plug and fly rods. Typically, storage boxes hold from 8 to 28 reels, depending on their width. The length of such boxes, found on the market, is usually 22, 25, 30, 35 cm.
Rubber bands are required to secure the finished rig to the reel. Industrial rubber bands for rigs are made by Italian manufacturers. At one end of the elastic there is a ring that attaches directly to the reel, and at the other end there is a metal hook with which the line ring of the upper part of the rig clings. You can make an analogue at home from office supplies and small paper clips. This will save you money, as a set of 10 reel bands is quite expensive.
When fishing, when the rig is already attached to the tip of a plug or fly rod, it is often necessary to put the rod on the racks. In this case, a rig that is not fixed in any way can easily get entangled in the grass. Therefore, it is worth fixing a rubber ring on the butt of the rod, for which it is convenient to hook the hook. There are Italian rings of various diameters on sale, but again you can get by with a clerical elastic band, which is fixed on the butt, twisting it in several turns.
When fishing, it is very important that nozzles and small accessories – scissors, depth gauges, markers, hooks and other little things – are always at hand. This saves time and contributes to comfortable fishing. If you do not have a special float fishing box, which is equipped with a table fixed on a leg, then it is very useful to get a plastic table that is screwed into a metal rack. In your set, you should have several racks 0.7-1 m long: for an attachment table, for rod stands, for a cage. That is, at least four racks. There are also telescopic racks, the length of which averages about 1.5 m in working order. I like them better.
Rod stands that screw into the rods are an important attribute, especially if you’re fishing with expensive rods. Generally recreational anglers use V-shaped plastic stands that screw into the posts. There are stands covered with neoprene or soft rubber on top. These are preferable because the soft coating protects expensive thin-walled graphite rods from accidental impacts and friction. I prefer the neoprene multi-section combs. They are convenient both when using several rods with different rigs, and when fishing at high speed with a swing, when, with an active bite, every now and then you have to put the rod on the rack to remove the fish from the hook. The comb allows you to do this without looking and without fear of missing the counter.
A landing net is an important accessory in a floater’s arsenal, especially when playing large fish on a thin line. Foreign manufacturers mainly produce nets with a diameter of 45, 55, 75 cm. Handles for nets are both telescopic and plug. Plug connectors are the most convenient, since they can be assembled of various lengths from separate blanks for specific fishing conditions. For example, when fishing with a short swing, it makes no sense to use a landing net with a length of more than 2 m.And when fishing with a plug, a long swing, a match or a bolognese, landing net handles 4 m long are often needed. The material from which the landing net handle is made is also important. When fishing for peaceful fish up to a kilogram, it is better to purchase a handle with graphite blanks, and when fishing for fish over 3 kg, especially carp, it is better to have a more powerful handle made of composite materials. They are stronger and more reliable.
An important attribute of the float fisherman is the cage. It is better to have a cage with a length of at least 2.5 m. And this is not for a large number of fish, but in order for the fish not to be injured and remain alive until the end of the fishing – then it will be possible to return the excess catch to its native element. In addition, it happens that fishing occurs either from a steep bank or from a concrete dam, when only a sufficiently long cage will allow you to keep the fish in the water. Gardens are made of cloth and forestry. The first ones, especially from the non-knotted delhi, are, of course, preferable: in them the fish is less damaged, in summer they better protect the catch from hot sunlight, and they injure the fish less when fishing in a strong current. These cages have one drawback: they are difficult to dry. In all other respects, they are better than forestry.