It may be fairly indulgent to spend £30 on half a dozen floats, but then again these aren't your usual run of the mill, mass produced variety that you'll find at your local tackle shop.
No, these beauties are hand made and produced to order by David Pearce. I got to hear of him through a friend who showed me a set on a recent outing and they certainly stuck in my mind.
So with a trip to the river Itchen and a bit of long trotting for the grayling already planned I pinged a message to Dave to see what he suggested. His thoughts were for a couple of Avon style floats with thicker tips in florescent red, which would give better visiblity at distance. And to make up the set I went for a pair of his Sarkandas reeds, and a couple of bobbers.
It's all about your own preference, with pike bungs, stick floats, bobbers, and avon styles, then there's tip colour, and whether you go for the stunning inlaid feathers...?
And if you're splashing out on the floats why not get something to keep them in, Dave also produces float tubes and boxes, all made to the same high standard. Or you might like the bamboo shot containers, made on the lines of a lipstick, where you twist the base and it lifts the shot to the top. Check with him on availability.
This quality, and choice, doesn't come particularly cheap, with some of the large pike floats costing £17.50 each, the Victorian style floats with bone tips being £7.50 each, and the others varying from £3.50 to £7, but then these aren't ordinary floats! The shot tubes work out at £5 each plus postage, or 3 for £15 with free postage. In fact all orders over £15 come with free postage in the UK.
Dave can be contacted at Dave'sFloats on Facebook, or message him direct.