In a recent auction on eBay a float by the reputable float maker or rather artisan Andrew Field fetched a staggering £161.00 plus postage. This float clearly not one to cast into the undergrowth of the opposite bank or upon the treacherous branches of the trees like the many I found at The Lower Itchen Fishery. This beautiful float made of balsa and porcupine measured 6.5 inches. The body is made up of 16 separate sections of contrasting grain, decorated with ink pen and marked No1. It sports a bright orange tip and has a thick silk thread to a large brass eye.

For more examples of Andrew’s work see . I see Andrew as an artist as much as a brilliant float maker. Find him on eBay listed as seller floats-and-flies.