TOP 5 secrets to become the BRUCE LEE of Float Fishing.
1.) Pay attention to your Float and the drift itself. If your Float is ticking that means you’re too deep. Reel in and adjust your float. Only a few inches at a time. Most steelhead are only 6-8 inches off the bottom.
Pay attention to your float is it facing up stream or down? Your float is telling you what your offering is doing underwater. It should ride straight up and down. The bait has to be moving at the right speed. If it’s moving too fast and at the wrong current speed = no bites. You may have to switch to a bigger float and add more shot to slow your presentation down. I cannot stress this enough pay attention to your drift and float.
2.) Watch your line and mend often if need be. If your line is going ahead of your float you need to mend it and slow that presentation down. Again current speed is crucial to getting bit. The fish know how fast that meal should be moving down the river. Especially on pressured fish and waters. Consider using a floating or High Buoyant type of mono line.
Today’s angler has many choices these days. Just to name a few. I like Raven, Siglon F, Blood Run Tackle Floating Mono and Pline’s Hydrofloat. These lines are super easy to mend because they either float or feature high buoyancy and cause the line to ride high in the water column. So when you mend your line, this means less disturbance to the bait, fly or lure.
They also come in some cool colors which makes it easier to see in the water. Thus making line management very easy. By keeping the line behind the float instead of ahead of it, will result in more fish caught by the end of the day.
If you’re a die hard mono person and if you’re not willing to try some of these new super float fishing lines. Get yourself some fly float ant paste and add that to your line above the float.
3.) Depth is so crucial. Steelhead always tends to be near the bottom. The bottom is the sweet spot, remember that. If your bait is not in the strike zone = a missed opportunity. A lot of guys are worried about snagging bottom. Well here is the bottom line. The angler that loses the most hooks, flies or jigs is the guy that catches the most fish. Why because the bait, fly or lure is where the fish are. Hands down the float fisherman can be deadly in a variety of situations and deliver many different offering with results.
4.) Always check the water clarity before deciding what you colors and sizes you’re going to use. If the water is low and clear than you should use smaller spawn sacs and jigs in pale colors. If the water is dirty then use bigger bags and baits with brighter colors. Do not be afraid to experiment with different colors and sizes. Water clarity is extremely important to the steelhead fisherman. If the fish can’t see it or smell it it’s hard to be successful. Do not leave a well-known run that holds fish normally without trying something different. These fish can be very color conscious or fussy.
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5.) Bait quality is actually another overlooked item I think by a lot of anglers, even seasoned guys. You will spend thousands on rods, reels, tackle, clothes and equipment. Be it minnows, spawn or roe and even wax worms. The most popular bait for the float fisherman is spawn. But I have seen some guys use old and nasty spawn for bait. Always use either fresh or cured spawn that was handled and stored correctly.