Modified Drennan Loafer
Modified Drennan Loafer float
Just wanted to share my favorite all around float with everybody, a modified Drennan loafer... including simple "how to" instructions. First a little background. I was very fond of the Drennan Long Loafers, which were produced in a limited run (and Drennan has no intentions of producing anymore). I also like the "regular" Loafer, but it has a short stem and doesn't track well in certain situations, especially if it's windy. I also like the Drennan Crystal Avons, but they have a slightly larger profile body and a smaller antennae (tip) which can be hard to see at times. So I came up with the following float, which I believe is the best of both worlds:

What you'll need:
Drennan Loafer
1/16" alloy wire/rod
fine/med grit sandpaper
drill and 1/16" bit
float cap tubing
To start, cut about 1/4" of the bottom of the Loafer off with your hacksaw.
Even the bottom of the float and clean up the cut edge with sandpaper on a flat surface.
Using a 1/16" bit, drill into the solid plastic bottom of the float about 1/4" deep.
Push about a 4" piece of alloy rod into the drill hole. It helps to push down with the tip of the rod on a firm surface. This will fit very firmly, and will not need any glue or other adhesive to hold it in place.
Finish off by adding rubber or silicone tubing float caps to the top and bottom. The middle piece is optional, but I prefer it. Another advantage to this float is that the alloy stem takes the place of several shot, giving you a good start on balancing out the float and requiring less shot on the line. If you try this float, I hope it works out as well for you as it does for me. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

More Tips & Tricks
  • You want a nice, stronger straight wire for these stems.
  • A plastic or carbon fiber rod, or even a bamboo skewer, could also work in a pinch for the stem...but keep in mind that it won't help balance the float like the heavier alloy stem.
  • Alloy rod is often available from welding supply companies. Ask for 1/16" tig wire or bare electrodes.
  • K&S Engineering in Chicago makes a suitable wire. Try a good hardware store, or many hobby shops carry it in several diameters, with 3' sections going for about $1.80.

Author: Mike Durkalec