The 2016/17 season seems to have brought with it a huge amount of new fishing tackle and development.
I have been very impressed along the way and it’s great to see the tackle companies pushing on. Some items that I have seen that really caught my eye recently, though, were the new Titan floats from Malman Floats. I openly confess to being a float collector, so as soon as I saw these I contacted Gaz Malham to see about getting a few in for review. He was really excited about this new range and couldn’t wait to send them through.
First things first, what is the Titan range about? They are existing Malman float patterns such as the Dusty, Roob, Benny and Winter Wire but with a whole new twist. These patterns traditionally have a standard wire stem that works really well. However, we all know that on occasions, especially when bagging, a wire stem can be a little delicate. There is nothing worse than a kinked wire stem on a pole float and this can often happen when carp fishing. However, wire has huge benefits when it comes to a float’s performance, and presentation while using a wire float is often superb. But many anglers simply won’t try a wire-stemmed float for fear of damaging them. This is where the Titan range comes to the fore. This new Titan wire is very flexible: it can actually be bent into a U-shape and it still returns to being perfectly straight. I not only had to get some, but also find out more about this different material that really could revolutionise pole floats.
“I first came across this material 18 months ago when Dutch float maker Ronald Hammers sent me some to try,” Gaz told me. “He had found it by accident when working at a hospital. We figured it might become an interesting material to work with so we sourced some from the Far East to give it a try. Initially I thought that it would be good in 0.4mm and become a great replacement for glass stems. “To say these prototypes were useless was an understatement, as the wire was so flexible that it just bent into an S-shape under any kind of pressure. Ronald then found another issue, in that in cold weather the wire would bend itself into all sorts of weird shapes. “We finally found the right balance and the right material to use that gave the wire the flexibility we needed but wouldn’t be affected by the cold.
The stuff we ended up with is fantastic and I believe it is the best material I have ever used, as it is so versatile.” The floats I ordered were Titan Bennys (now called F1 Titan) and Titan Roobs. I was familiar with these patterns already so it was a good way of seeing how the wire changes the performance. For those of you who don’t know, both of these patterns are a slim profile much like the famous and favoured Chianti. The difference between the two patterns is actually the tip diameter. The Dusty is a 1.2mm hollow version ideal for F1s and silvers while the Roob features a chunky 2mm hollow bristle, perfect for carp fishing with larger baits. If you could only use these two floats for your commercial fishing then you would have all that you need. They are both so versatile that they can be used for loads of different applications. For example, I use Roobs in the margins and for carp shallow fishing by shortening the stem slightly.
But how does the Titan wire perform in a fishing situation? Well, firstly the floats still take plenty of shot. This may sound silly but I have known floats in the past take way less shot than they are supposed to, but fear not, these new models definitely don’t suffer in that department. Another concern I had was the actual stability that Titan wire offers. Pick the float up and the stem is noticeably less dense than standard wire stems. Thankfully the floats remain super stable and while I don’t think they are quite as stable as standard wire, they are definitely more so than glass or carbon. I would say they sit in between glass and wire. The beauty of these floats, though, is their durability – I can’t believe how strong they are! There is no doubt that these floats will become very popular. Many anglers love to use a wire stem but dislike the strength limitations. They need not worry now and these floats give the best of both worlds, in my opinion. The new Titan wire gets a big thumbs up from me and I can imagine we will see many more patterns featuring this material in the not too distant future.