FISHING-FLOATS. Are little appendages to the line, serving to keep the hook and bait suspended at the proper depth, and to discover when the fish has hold of them, &c. Of these there are divers kinds; some made of Muscovy-duck quills, which are the best for slow waters; but, for strong streams, sound cork, without flaws or holes, bored through with a hot iron, into which is put a quill of exact proportion, is preferable: pare the cork to a pyramidal form, and make it smooth.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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