Matching Floats for Slip Bobber Fishing

February 21, 2009 by  

From Lindy Fishing Tackle

There are a lot of opportunities at slip bobber fishing, and this method can be used for a lot of fish species. Thill® has done a lot with their bobbers, or they call, “floats” to increase your fishing success. These aren’t the bobbers of yesterday, and we’ve come a long ways from the old red and whites.

If you’re new to modern float fishing, you’re probably asking, “How do I know which Thill float to use under a given set of circumstances?”

Fear Not! The system is easier to understand than you might think when picturing all the Gold Medal models. In fact, you’ll learn a lot about float selection just by reading our tips pages. Plus, on each Thill Float package is a helpful guide to rigging.

Is it really necessary to have a variety of different floats? Think of it this way: Golfers carry as many as 14 clubs because different shots call for a different approach. How well would a golfer score playing one club the entire round?

A float angler also needs a selection because each Thill float is designed to excel under specific conditions. For instance, water and weather conditions differ from day to day and spot to spot. Bait size varies according to what species your after. Sometimes you’ll be fishing “in tight” and sometimes you’ll need to cast or drift the float from a distance. See what we mean?

The most important difference you’ll find in float styles is whether they are designed primarily for use in still or moving waters.

Still waters include lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and canals. Yes, wind and waves can rile up still waters, but from the Thill perspective, they are not moving waters. Moving water, by comparison, is water carried along by current, such as rivers, streams, brooks, and coastal tidal flows. We loosely call floats that are designed to be fished in current “river floats”. But these same river floats work well for slow trolling from a boat in still waters! (Your boat movement creates artificial current.)

Still Water Bobber Fishing

In general, Thill® still water floats are rigged waggler style. This means that they’re attached only to the very bottom of the float, so the tip can “waggle”. There are different ways of attaching a waggler style Thill float to your line. Each lets you set up slip floats or fixed floats, depending on what you need at the moment. Sizes vary with the size of baits and/or weights you are using.

Bobber Fishing in Currents

Thill® river floats are normally attached “top-and-bottom”, or what we refer to as river style. Thill’s quick-change silicone sleeves are threaded onto your line and then slipped over both the top and bottom of the Thill float, to “fix” the float in position when fishing in current.

In deeper stretches of slow-flowing rivers, you can use Thill center sliders. For deeper stretches of fast-flowing rivers, Thill offers a specialist float, the Thill® Gold Medal Double Ring Slider, that is fished as a slip float.

These bobbers can be found at any fishing retailer.

Article from Lindy Tackle.


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