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which they tied a fishing line and a hook. As the use of nets increased, Norway went on to produce other sizes of floats since
glass was an economical method of supporting the nets and offered plenty of buoyancy. Many European countries soon began
using glass floats. Trademarks or embossing began appearing on the floats to identify the users and manufacturers of the
Around 1910, far eastern countries, primarily Japan began manufacturing and using glass floats, hence their most popular name;
Japanese Glass Fishing Floats. To accommodate different fishing styles and nets, the Japanese experimented with many
different shapes of floats, from as small as 2 inches in diameter to the gigantic size of 20 inches in diameter. Most floats
are shades of green because the glass used was primarily recycled sake (wine) bottles, but clear, amber, aquamarine, amethyst,
blue and other colors were also produced. The most prized and rare color being a red, or cranberry hue. These were expensive
to make because gold was used to produce the color. Other brilliant jewel tones such as emerald green, cobalt blue, purple,
yellow and orange were primarily made in the 1920´s-30´s. The majority of the colored floats you will find for sale today are
Cork and aluminum floats appeared around 1920. These soon began to replace glass floats since they were more durable and
could provide holes or eye features that made net attachment easier and more reliable. As manufacturing techniques improved,
plastic floats soon followed. Unfortunately for net fisherman, glass floats would often escape their nets. Today, millions of
glass floats are probably still floating in the world's oceans. When tide and weather conditions are just right, you can find
glass floats that wash up on the beaches of Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Sometimes, several may arrive together in the
same location. Often, these floats roll safely onto shore or may be tangled in seaweed or other flotsam. Sadly, they also can
be shattered if the float should land on a rocky coastline. During stormy periods they can be thrust hundreds of feet onshore
and will remain there until some lucky hunter should find it.
|Taken from www.glassfishingfloats.net with
permission from the webmaster.
|For those interested, I do buy
individual floats & collections. Please
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I can also put you in touch with other
collectors that might be interested in
floats you may have available.
|Check out the video's taken on October 19th, 2008 on my glass float hunting expedition!!
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|Ken Busse with
Aaron Krough &
|Walt Pich promoting
his new book
|Alan Rammer, Rick Wilcox & Kim Forster
presenting Rick with an award in honor
of her husband, the late Frank Forster.
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