Alloy stem shallow water stick float
These little shallow water stick float are brilliant in fast shallow water, either fishing close on a big river or trotting down a small stream. Their fat little bodies hold the float visible on the surface even in quite boily water, the wire stem helps cock the float quickly and keep it stable.
I used one of these on the Adur as reported in my post a handful of Chub. On that occasion I used a strung out shotting pattern to allow me to hold the rig back causing the rig to rise up in the water and over a shallow area to reach the fish further downstream. If the river had been the same depth throughout the swim, I would have used a bulk shotting pattern and allowed the bait to trip along the bottom, either strung out or bulk shotting works well with these little floats.
I have yet to try shallow water stick float on a windy day, but I imagine like all stick floats it will be of little use in a downstream wind. Line control and presentation can be seriously effected when a downstream wind speeds up the surface layer of the river. But when used in the correct conditions, these shallow water sticks are a pleasure to use.