Crystal clear insert wagglers are the same body diameter as the straight versions – 6.0mm – but feature much finer 3.0mm diameter inserts. These inserts are much better to use when fishing up in the water and on the drop as you can see the small dropper shot (e.g. No 8 or No 10) register one by one on the tips. Sometimes your bites won’t be the float submerging and disappearing but a subtle movement on the tip. That could be a sideways movement or the float holding still when it should move etc. With thinner inserts this is much easier to identify and to spot when a fish has held up the bait than when using a thicker straight waggler.
These crystal clear insert wagglers can be trapped with shot around the float as normal and with these ideally placed either side equally to help reduce tangles. So, whether that is 4 large BB shot or AA etc try and place equal numbers either side. If you put one above and, say, 3 below you can get tangles. Also try not to ‘fix’ the float between these shot and allow the float to move and fold. It only needs a couple of mm gap to do this.
If more shot are required down the line then the trapping shot can be reduced and it is a simple case of changing the size or sizes used for smaller ones – say No 1 for No4, BB for No1 etc. The capacity of these floats really is, as close as possible, 1.5g, 2.0g, etc. Of course, everything is dependent on the actual size, weight and accuracy of the shot used. It also depends on the type of float adaptor you use as some can weigh as much as a No1 shot ! So, you can have your droppers in a string of singles or you can use doubles (as many don’t like to use the harder non-toxic No 6’s etc on fine lines so double up much softer No 8’s). By placing less weight around the float your ‘dropper’ shots could even be bunches making up bulks.
Because the eyes are the same diameter as the loaded versions you can even add a brass weight to make your own loaded version. Bear in mind that when doing that you would need a smaller sized weight to allow for trapping shot. So, for example, a 2.0g weight placed onto a 2.5g float etc.
By having a selection of types, sizes and lengths enables you to ‘mix & match’ float sizes and even weight loadings. This way you can have the desired weight around the float for casting distance with suitable shot down the line for your presentation. You can adjust and modify all of these for a given set of circumstances.
There are two tip colours available; dark orange and yellow. Changing either to black (which, strangely, although VERY useful is by far the least popular colour) is the simplest thing to do.
Below is a guide to sizes
Insert Waggler – 1.5g, 2.0g, 2.5g, 3.0g, 3.5g. Overall lengths from approximately 170mm to 265mm including the tips of about 42mm