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    just bought some good quality pigeon floaters from durhamdecoys very well made with screw lock not like the twist lock ones

    which are useless  bought two off ebay £25 for 2 inc postage 

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    I have some that are similar, but have changed the wing spreaders for the push in type as the crocodile clips don't last very long they come adrift. 

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    I make my own out of the top section of sea fishing rods preferably around 5 to 6 feet and cut to a point at the thick end, strip off the eyes, paint in camo, slip on the wing spreaders from ebay at around 8 pounds a pair, yes they have those awful crocodile clips on but I remove them and refit better quality ones using a good 2 pack adhesive, sets like concrete and never comes off again, I like these as they fold down and are easier to get in the car, with a large dead bird on board the weight makes them move well in the wind , I did buy one of the extending ones but find the rod too week to extend very far as a gust of wind will flip the bird on to its back but I still use it in light wind conditions, I do like to look around for home made alternatives to the shop bought expensive gear everyone seems to go for plus I enjoy the challenge .

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    15 hours ago, lakeside1000 said:

    I make my own out of the top section of sea fishing rods preferably around 5 to 6 feet and cut to a point at the thick end, strip off the eyes, paint in camo, slip on the wing spreaders from ebay at around 8 pounds a pair, yes they have those awful crocodile clips on but I remove them and refit better quality ones using a good 2 pack adhesive, sets like concrete and never comes off again, I like these as they fold down and are easier to get in the car, with a large dead bird on board the weight makes them move well in the wind , I did buy one of the extending ones but find the rod too week to extend very far as a gust of wind will flip the bird on to its back but I still use it in light wind conditions, I do like to look around for home made alternatives to the shop bought expensive gear everyone seems to go for plus I enjoy the challenge .

    You and me both, gets me away from many a mrs chore when in the man cave buried in bits n bobs 👍

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    Anyone know of a good quality floater pole, not one with nylon lock nuts (which are useless), preferably one with metal collars and metal thumb screws?

     

    FT.

     

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