EVERY angler has a favourite float - or several of them. Here's a look at which type to use on a stillwater in different situations.
Lake fishing floats differ from river patterns in that most of them are attached bottom end only.
Two thirds of the shotting capacity is often used to lock the float on the line, leaving a slight gap so it folds neatly on the strike.
Straight wagglers made from ultra buoyant materials are perhaps the most versatile of lake float patterns.
These are really good for both fishing at distance and flicking out to fish holding features.
A decent-sized straight waggler should hold its position over a baited area in wind, surface drift and undertow, provided you sink the line.
Wagglers with slender insert tips are better in calmer conditions as they register even the most subtle of bites and are a good choice in the winter months for shy-biters.
Bigger floats for bigger jobs
For float fishing at distance or in very deep water, a large bodied waggler is the better option.
Bodied wagglers tend to be larger than other patterns, requiring plenty of shot, so they cast surprisingly long distances and offer a stable presentation.
Lock them at the correct depth, as with standard wagglers. Or use a sliding stop knot if the swim you intend to fish in has depths which exceed the length of your rod.
Large floats requiring plenty of split shot aren’t always necessary for close in work or lowering baits along margin hotspots.
Lake fishing floats for more finesse
For rigs that don’t require much in the way of casting, opt for a pole float. They are great for stalking and offer superior bite indication.
Slender, delicate insert wagglers do the same job too and are well worth using for those shy biters.
It’s great that traditional stillwater float fishing for species other than carp is making a well deserved comeback.
You’ll need a variety of stillwater patterns to deal with all situations, be it weather conditions, depth or reaching distant catching zones.
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