Glass fishing floats were used by Norwegian fisherman as early as the mid-19th century, but the Japanese popularized the form in the early 1900s. While the Norwegians are known for their egg-shape and rounded floats, the Japanese produced tubular floats known as sausages, as well as rollers, which are like sausages that have been crimped at each end. Types of Japanese floats include torpedo rollers, Tohoku rollers, and pumpkins, which are shaped like the famous fall gourds.

Sometimes floats are found and sold with netting still attached to them, but most floats are collected just as pieces of glass, which can be identified by their embossed markings. Common colors are clear and green. Blue floats are less common and red ones are rare.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Joes Old Lures

Joes Old Lures

Joe Yates' website is a great showcase for hundreds of old fishing lures, providing high resolution photos and in m… [read review or visit site]

Take a big bite - you won't want to just nibble at Robbie Pavey's gallery of over 300 antique fishing lures, many w… [read review or visit site]

This extensive site features over 500 pages of information on pre-1940 wood fishing lures and lure boxes. Start wit… [read review or visit site]

This site is sure to snag you with its great collection of fishing lures from the early 1900s. Includes lures from … [read review or visit site]

Larry Nicholson's site dedicated to vintage fishing lures. Features beautiful images of lures and boxes from Fred A… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Glass Fishing Float Blue Swirls In Net Japanese Nautical #246Vintage Glass Fishing Float Green With Blue Seal 4" Japanese Nautical #250Antique Norwegian Flesland Grooved Glass Egg Shaped Float -small(lot Of 3) ~ Japanese Glass Rolling Pin Fishing Floats ~ Authentic JapanVintage Japanese Blue / Green Glass Fishing Float, Pie Crust Seal 27" With Net Vintage Glass Fishing Float Tiny Hokkaido Roller Japanese Nautical #247 12 Inch Wide Ff Seal Nice Green Glass Float Fish Japan Vintage Fishing Net Crab Pot Buoy Style Floats Nautical DecorVintage? 5" Red Japanese Fish Net Hand Blown Glass Ball Buoy Float Nautical(lot Of 4) ~ Mixed Japanese Glass Fishing Floats ~ Rolling Pins & BallsAuthentic Fishing Net ~ 5 Ft X 10 Ft ~ Used Vintage Fish Netting ~old DecorativeOld Glass Float Shark Rolling PinFour Vintage Japanese Handblown Glass FloatsSix 3" Authentic Glass Fishing Net Float ~ Old Vintage Used BuoyGlass Fishing FloatsAntique 6" Glass Fishing Net Float With Ponil Vintage Japanese Fishing Float, Mark, 2.55" Diameter Including NetAntique 4.75" Brass Fishing Net Mending Repair Shuttle Needle(lot Of 4) - 3" Authentic Japanese Glass Fishing Floats ~ Old Used Vintage Cincotta Bros. Fishing Float. 5 Inch Clear Glass Float Vintage Made In AmericaAuthentic Used Fishing Net ~ 5'x10' ~ Nautical Maritime ~ Fish Netting Japanese Glass Rolling Pin Fishing Net Float ~ Authentic Old JapanVintage Marine Aqua Glass Fishing Float 11" Nautical Buoy Aqua Ball6 Teal Blue/green Japanese, Korean Vintage Glass Floats Alaska Beachcomberbum5 Authentic Vintage Japanese Frosted Glass Floats Alaska BeachcombedVintage Commercial Fishing Net FloatsJapanese Marked -double Asahi- Fishing Glass Float1 Rustic Buoy Float Maritime, Nautical Decor3 Rustic Buoy Floats Maritime, Nautical DecorAntique Hand/mold Blown Glass Fishing Float 5" Green Marked # 1Vintage Wooden Fishing Ruler, 1949 Michigan, Higgins LakeVintage Cincotta Bros. Fishing Float. 5 Inch Clear Glass Float W Net. Usa Made Vintage Maritime Hand Blown Glass Fishing Floats Lot 3 Yel/lt Blue/dk Blue Japan