Let me set the scene, On the river enjoying the trotting for the Grayling and darkness starts to fall, as always we try & etch out the last bit of trotting with several last cast moments until we can no longer see the float or we improvise, we dig through our pockets & see what we can find to attach a starlight to the tip of our floats and we make do, (Thats if we even brought one with us) either a chunky elastic band or some isolation tape we carry around in our pocket always suffices, every angler who trots a float will have come across those scenarios at some point without doubt, and it generally happens just as the fishing is starting to improve after almost a complete day of slow bites and not many fish.
There is plenty night floats around commercially made for stillwaters but not many for River trotting that suit my personal needs so I always vowed I'd put something into practise and after my recent trip it spurred me to take the concept out the box again.
After a couple of different shapes and sizes tested actually trotting the river I came up with a couple that I was happy with which performed as they should do when swapping over between solid tip and starlight.
The starlight's I've used for these 2 specific floats are smaller than the normal 4.5mm ones which are common in every fisherman's box or bag but I have a couple of normal sized ones also in the testing stages.
Because these are going to be for myself I have pushed the boat out a bit further and made several multi tips for the floats to suit my needs. The float is completely sealed to the water by the means of a small socket located inside the float which houses the tips.
First the Red Tips.
And finally the Starlight Tips for fishing into the dark
I found I could get 2 lengths from an online supplier, the longer of the two being 5cm long and the shorter one around 2.5cm in length.These I plan to replace with a couple of fishing isotopes I have in my Barbel bag which is buried under a ton of other fishing items in my attic.
When the tips are not in use they are kept in a small Mints box which slips easily inside my pocket or bag.