WHY FLOAT FISHING WORKS:

HLS Custom "Mamba" Balsa Floats

HLS Custom “Mamba” Balsa Floats.

Float Fishing is fast becoming the predominant means of fishing rivers and streams no matter what the species. Europeans have fished this way for years but it has only been in the last 30 or so years that North Americans have really embraced this style of fishing.

In and around the Great Lakes, Float Fishing is becoming the preferred method for taking Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout. This simple method of fishing has made exceptionally successful anglers from average fishermen. If traditional Fly Fishing were considered one of the Finer Arts, then Float Fishing would most certainly have to be considered the Deadly Art.

HLS-Float-Display-FFF-Drennan-Floats

Drennan Float Assortment.

The versatility that Float fishing offers is the greatest single reason why it is such an effective method. Simple adjustments in Float size, Shot patterns and leader length allow limitless variation that often is encountered in changing river conditions.

Float fishing allows you the luxury of fishing every inch of the river while conventional methods force you to look for particular locations that only suit that style, causing you to pass by highly productive areas of the river that you are unable to fish.

HLS-Float-Display

HLS Fishing Float Display.

There is no mystery to float fishing, although some would have you believe otherwise. Relative beginners to this method often out produce the seasoned professionals. The trick is to get your bait to where the fish are feeding and present it in the most unobtrusive manner possible. A properly manipulated float will give you the ability to present your bait well in advance of your shot and float.

This method of presenting the bait first does not spook the fish and they readily take the offering. This is accomplished by holding the float back slightly to allow the bait to kick up and run in advance of the shot and float. To accomplish this simple but stealthy presentation by a conventional method would mean fishing with little or no shot at all, making it next to impossible to get to fish in deeper water.

Steelhead Float Assortment A

Rox Steelhead Float Assortment.

Some rivers run so fast that your presentation must to be made well upstream from the holding fish to allow the bait to reach the proper depth at which the fish are feeding. Your position on the river is of utmost importance otherwise your bait may be passing above the fish and out of the feeding zone.

The Great Lakes region along the Canada US boarder has some of the finest Steelhead and Salmon fishing in the World and a great deal of it is done in the Rivers and Streams flowing into these bodies of water. Almost all of these tributaries have good runs of both species and lend themselves well to the Float style of fishing. Most tributaries of the Great Lakes are generally very shallow and may run from two feet to as much as fifteen feet and without exception can all be fished successfully with the use of a float. Shallow running rivers require smaller floats and obviously deeper rivers will require much larger floats to support the additional weight that is required to get your bait to where the fish are. It really is that simple, not rocket science, no mystery.

Custom HLS Mamba Turned Balsa Steelhead Float Assortment Bobber Stops AA

Custom HLS Mamba Turned Balsa Steelhead Float Assortment with Bobber Stops.

There are many different shapes and sizes of floats and they all have their place, but not all floats can be used in the same place. ( See here for our float selection ) Fast heavy running streams require proper support for the bait. Fish in these waters often hug the bottom using boulders and other structures as current breaks. Getting your bait to these fish is vital and in these conditions a seasoned angler would choose a larger more stable float able to support the added weight required to get down too the fish. Contrasting this with a shallow slower running stream the angler would likely choose a smaller more sensitive style, as less weight is required to reach these fish. There are many different water conditions, each requiring a little thought and variation in your presentation, but the learning curve is short and the rewards are many.

Fishing is not cut and dry; don’t be afraid to experiment with your tackle, presentation or bait.

What we have presented to you here, are only the basic principles of float fishing.

– by Redwing Tackle.

Redwing Tackle Float Fishing Tips

Redwing Tackle – Float Fishing Tips.

Related Products
RIO Skagit MOW Tips
Aqua Flies Logo
Yarn Assortment for Tying Yarn Flies for Steelhead.
Custom Sage One - 7116B-4 - Baitcast with a twist Resized
Loon Stanleys Ice Off Paste A
Lick Em Lures Sledgetails
Lick Em Lures Candy Chain Optic Glow Purple Haze
Lick Em Lures Pro Roe Brown
Amundson Centerpin Float Rod Amundsen Kudos Larado Float Centerpin Rod DD
Float Fishing Image A
Salmon-Rainbow-Egg-Cure-Preservative
streamrunner3
Float Centerpin Reel Bearings B Resized
Saugeen River Steelhead October 21st 2016AAA
OlympinA-Waterproof-Battery-Operated-Night-Floats
HLS Hi-Vis Float Line Kingpin Zeppelin Float Reel Steelhead AA
HLS BIO D'eggs
Assorted Night Fishing Lighted Floats and Accessories Technium Rod Lights DDD
Custom HLS Mamba Steelhead Float Assortment Bobber Stops CC
SAGE GIISH 1136 3 LLB - Light Line Blank
HLS-Spyder-Thread
HLS Stealth Centerpin Float Line AA
Creek Candy Bead Co.- Steelhead Beads Assortment.
Loon-UV-Curing-Light-in-Use-Resized-for-web
HLS-Custom-Steelhead-Pink-Worm-Assortment-and-Worm-Threader
River Master Slip Float Assortment A
Sunline Fine Float II Monofilament Line Image
Sage One Custom 7136B-6 Custom Float Rod Build with Red Zeppelin with Butt Wrap to match
A GLX Centerpin Rod - Strip & Rebuild Cork Handle with a Custom Reel Seat and Hook Keeper.
Redwing-Tackle-Scarving-Scarf-Tying-Veil-Assortment
Assorted-Spawn-Tying-Floaters
raven-supersoft-lead-split-shot-1-camo
Islander Fly Reels lnav_logo
Kingpin Float Rod and Reel Logo
Ber Centerpin Float reels-logo B
HLS-Bead-Pegs-Assorted-CC
Sage One Custom 7136B-4 Spey and Float Rod Conversion Resized
Kingpin Zeppelin Centerpin Float Reel Selection
Neoprene Reel Pouches Float Centerpin Spinning AA
New 2016 Rapala River Rat Centerpin Float Reel RRC465 BB
Custom Drennan Loafer Float Caps for Extra Visibilty DD
Custom HLS Acrylic Reel Seat Butt Cap and Islander Handle Conversion Replacement A
Rapala Concept 5 inch Centerpin Float Reel AA
Lee's Spawn Sack Tying Materials
MelNak Baitmaker Spawn Netting
River Master Steelhead Float Assortment A
Custom Rod Tubes C Resized
raven_logo B

RAVEN® Floats

HLS Custom UV Beads and HLS Bead Pegs AA
Carlisle Floats Drennan Piker Zeppler A
Bubble-Floats
Redwing Tackle Logo
Drennan Logo

Drennan Floats

Atlas Mikes Spawn Tying Materials
Sage Mod 2015 Spey Rod 6130 4 AA
Sufix Siege Super Hi-Vis High Visibility Neon Centerpin Float Reel Line BB
Clearly Outdoors Slip Lock Bobbers for Slip Bobber Fishing B
Rapala R Type Centerpin Float Reel RTC450B AA
Troutbeads.com Steelhead Beads and Accessories

TroutBeads

Great Lakes Steelhead Company Beads
Okuma-Sheffield-EXP-Centerpin-Float-Reel
Mad River Bead and Fly Tying Company

Mad River Beads

raven_logo B
St Croix Logo
G. Loomis Logo
North Fork Composites Fishing Rods
Amundson Float Reel Collection Trend Iron Header and Steelhead Tracker AA
P line fishing Logo
Kingpin Float Rod and Reel Logo
Shimano Fishing Logo
Rapala Fishing Logo
Quantum Fishing Tackle Logo
Rapala Fishing Logo
Okuma Fishing Products Logo
Ross Fly Fishing Logo
River Run Float Reel Back
Wordens-Corky-Selection
Echo Fly Fishing logo
Sima X Logo B
Magnetic Rodguard
Custom HLS Float Reel Rosewood Handles Slainless Palming Ring Red Front Resized for Web
The Fishing Butler logo
Services
Custom Sage One - 7116B-4 - Baitcast with a twist Resized
Used But Not Abused Page Image
streamrunner3
Float Centerpin Reel Bearings B Resized
Clearance Page Image
Online Sales Button
Weekly Guest Presenter Button
HLS-TFC-Gift-Cards
Warranty Button
Vintage Spinning Reels Resized for Web
Baitcast professional over-run A
Swim Tank
Wedding Boutonniere Bombanieri - Resized
Custom-Rod-Building
Sage One Custom 7136B-6 Custom Float Rod Build with Red Zeppelin with Butt Wrap to match
Custom IMX ST1562 cw Jungle Cock Inlays Resized for Web
A GLX Centerpin Rod - Strip & Rebuild Cork Handle with a Custom Reel Seat and Hook Keeper.
Simms Custom Breathable Wader options
Custom HLS Acrylic Reel Seat Butt Cap and Islander Handle Conversion Replacement A
HLS Custom UV Beads and HLS Bead Pegs AA
Lip-Locked-Baits-Soft-Plastic-Assortment
Custom-Feathered-Treble-Hooks-
Line-Spooling-Machine
HLS and TFC T Shirts A
Custom HLS Float Reel Rosewood Handles Slainless Palming Ring Red Front Resized for Web
Spey-Head-Loaner-Program-Airflo
Fly Line Welding Repair Machine Sage 6010 Fly Reel AAA
mudhole-logo

We are the leading provider of Fly Fishing Lessons, Corporate Team Building, and Guiding on the Upper Grand River, the Upper Credit River, and the Conestogo River.

No Guelph, Fergus, Kitchener or Cambridge Fishing Tackle Retailer will boast as complete and diverse a store inventory, including a vast selection of Centerpin / Float Fishing Reels, Rods, Clothing and Accessories.

Order a HLS or TFC Gift Card – We will put one in the mail for FREE!

Fly Shop Flyshop Flyfish Grand River Fly fish Grand River Guide Grand River Lesson Grand River Fergus Ontario Canada