Owner's Acorn Floats are an excellent choice for fishing moving water. Their shape makes them very stable, which is wanted while fishing slightly turbulent water. The shape also makes them a much better choice than the Nakazima Ball Floats.
Spherical floats, like the Nakazima Ball Floats, Thingamabobbers or the familiar red and white bobbers we all used as kids will hold up a lot of weight. In reality, though, no one uses enough weight with them. To set a float properly, only a small amount of the float should remain above the surface of the water.
If a large percentage of the float's volume is above the surface, it takes a significant amount of force to pull the float under. Fish really will spit out bait if they feel tension on the line. Ideally, almost all the float should be under the surface. That makes the float very nearly neutrally buoyant, so only a very small pull from a fish will take the float under completely.
Floats for still water, like the Owner Top Floats, often have a very thin "bristle" sticking up from the body of the float. Add enough weight to your line under the float so that only the bristle, or even just a portion of the bristle is above the surface. With only a bit of the bristle above the surface, the floats are almost completely neutrally buoyant, and very, very little force is required to take the float all the way under.
The Owner Top Floats are too sensitive for fishing in streams that have much current at all. The current at the surface is always faster than the current at the bottom. Rocks, logs or even just irregularities in the bottom slow the current. For an extremely sensitive float, even these small current differentials can pull the bristle under the surface. That is too sensitive. The shape of the Acorn Float makes it sensitive, but not THAT sensitive.
The stem and the rubber tubing makes them very easy to adjust. Thread your line through the tubing (before tying on your hook and attaching your split shot). Insert the float stem into the tubing, which will hold the float in place. To adjust the depth of your bait, pull out the stem, move the rubber tubing up or down the line and replace the stem.
The Owner Acorn Floats come in three sizes, 40mm, 45mm and 55mm (from the top of the float to the bottom of the stem). Currently, I have the 40mm and the 55mm size in stock. I think the 40mm size is small enough to work well when fishing for larger micros (creek chubs, common shiners, etc.) with seiryu rods. The 55mm size was added at the request of anglers who wanted to use the floats with ajing jig heads and soft plastics.
The bright red top makes them quite visible, so whether or not the yellow stripe is above the surface, the red top makes the float very easy to see in either still or moving water.
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