Let's be fair! Any item's only worth what someone else is prepared to pay for it. If the guy gets £35 then fair play to him, but rest assured it won't be me becoming the proud owner of said bung. My recollections of this float pattern are from a time when I was finding my feet and exploring the possibilities of the venues within a cycle ride of my parental home. I think that what I most remember is the tactile feel of the slotted cork body as it flexed to entrap the line between itself and the central wooden peg .
As soon as I'd the ability to travel further afield, via a Bonelli 125 then a Suzuki TS 250, my tackle became far more refined as I came into contact with a wider range of other anglers and also evolved into an avid reader of the angling press. I think that one aspect, of that period, which really stands out is that many of the items required were not commercially available thus we had to manufacture them ourselves. This is particularly true of the specialist stuff which was required to tackle the vastness of Wilstone Res as the tench revolution gained impetus. We had rod pods (dam stands), swingers, spods and so many other items which the modern carp boys think they invented. Each and every one hand crafted by angler's looking for solutions to specific problems. I don't recall any of the guys in The Tring Syndicate looking to make money from these creations, simply happy to exchange ideas and pass on innovative thinking as part of the process.
|The original ET "Backbiter" in conjunction with an ABU Cardinal 66X|
I realise that I used this image just a short while back, but it does fit the bill here.
At the end of November Bev and I travelled down to Devon, via Bath, to rendezvous with Craig & Carrie-Anne, Leon & Leeney (Pauline) for a, pre-Christmas, social. Apart from the spectacular success of the gathering, everyone knowing that there's so much more to life than the mundane, the cork from the celebratory bottle was claimed by yours truly, knowing exactly what I wanted to do with it! A pike float - what else? It's now finished and I have to admit to being satisfied with the end result. OK, it won't win any prizes for build quality or craftsmanship yet it will do the job I constructed it for. A unique, cork bodied float and direct result/reminder of something extraordinary which has happened during my life.
|A selection of my home made pike floats. The one on the top right is that which|
is in the 1982 photo; the float in the centre of the top row is my latest addition to
the ensemble and the only one made using a cork body - all the others are balsa.
All that remains to say is how grateful I am to each and every visitor to my blog during 2019. Your support is truly inspirational and I'm very humbled by the sheer number of unknown visitors to my incoherent ramblings. I thank you all most sincerely. Wishing each, and every one, a wonderful Christmas holiday and a safe, peaceful and prosperous 2020. Toodle-pip! Dyl