Best bobbers for steelhead jigs

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I was curious as to what bobbers/floats are good for steelhead jigs and what sinkers do you use?is it etter to use an attached float or a sliding one...is there an advantage??????
 
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Who knows?! Not me!
Im still experimenting with what float I like best. But I do know I like the sliding floats. I like the old cork floats with the orange cap a lot! No need for a bobber stop there. Just need extra caps cuz I always seem to loose em.:lol:
But I really like the in-line weights that have a swivel eye on both ends of the weight. At first I was skeptical of em, wondering what keeps those two eyes in place...big fish might pull that dang thing apart! but after some nice size natives (boulders) I hooked into, they seem safe enough.
 
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Bobers and sinkers

Bobers and sinkers

i was curious as to what bobbers/floats are good for steelhead jigs and what sinkers do you use?is it etter to use an attached float or a sliding one...is there an advantage??????

I prefer the sliding bobbers becasue I can adjust the depth of the bait underneath it. I have no preference about weights under the bobber but I do when drifting. I like the slinky type made from the hollow cord and buckshot. I make them myself in multiple sizes and attach them to a swivel with a closed hook so they slide on the mainline and can be changed easily. I have tried the hollow core pencil lead as well but I leave too much of it on the bottom of the river.:shock:

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thanks for the replys,,,,i just got my new setup,,,7' ugly stik witha shimano 4000 reel.....seems like a nice heavy duty little rod......
 
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i was curious as to what bobbers/floats are good for steelhead jigs and what sinkers do you use?is it etter to use an attached float or a sliding one...is there an advantage??????

If your fishing deep water where a slip float is needed, West Coast floats are a good choice.
1/4-1/2oz are my favorite.
If your fishing just average med fast water I like Thill's Turbomaster's or Steelhead stalkers in 1/4oz... Those type floats are fixed floats and have a "balancing shaft"(not sure of correct term) out the bottom of them. then just add split shot to dial in the float.
Now in really clear shallow or slow and clear water where Im using small or micro jigs, a plain old small cork float with the orange peg work GREAT!
 
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thanks for the replys,,,,i just got my new setup,,,7' ugly stik witha shimano 4000 reel.....seems like a nice heavy duty little rod......

After you get into float fishing a bit your gonna want at LEAST a 8'6 rod..
Preferably 9'6 or larger... You may not think so now but try one out you'll be surprised! :)
 
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thanks for all the great advise,,ill have to stock up this week.....
 
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After you get into float fishing a bit your gonna want at LEAST a 8'6 rod..
Preferably 9'6 or larger... You may not think so now but try one out you'll be surprised! :)

For sure! When drift fishing, bobber or not, one of your goals is keeping as direct a line as possible from rod tip to either your bobber or the water surface. The drag created by your line along the waters surface will affect presentation, often changing the path that your bait is drifting in, and always shortening the allowable drift length. It may not seem like much but the length of the 7' rod will make it exponentially more difficult to keep your line above the water.
 
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Even a more important thing than keeping your line off the water is being able to pull more line off the water with a longer rod. Your not always going to be able to keep all of your line off the water and if you are there is a good chance that you are affecting your presentation under the water (especially with smaller floats and weight). Let some line sit on the water as long as its moving the same speed as the current and your float. Make as few of mends with your line as possible and you will be in good shape. Imaging trying to pull six feet of line off the surface to mend with a 7 ft rod then think about how much line you can pick up with a 10'5" ft rod. Keeping line of the water is important as well just make sure you are making a nice drag free drift! Good luck.
 
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I prefer the sliding bobbers becasue I can adjust the depth of the bait underneath it. I have no preference about weights under the bobber but I do when drifting. I like the slinky type made from the hollow cord and buckshot. I make them myself in multiple sizes and attach them to a swivel with a closed hook so they slide on the mainline and can be changed easily. I have tried the hollow core pencil lead as well but I leave too much of it on the bottom of the river.:shock:

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Is there an easy way to get the buckshot in the nylon? I made weights like this in the past with hallow green nylon from GI Joes and put the buckshot in one by one.
 
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Hey Steelhead_Stalker, How about showing us the optimun way to fish your jigs, I just picked some up out at Mikes this weekend and have never used them before. I could use a little tutoring. They sure look nice and I image woork just as good if you know how. Thanks, Dan U
 
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I did a video a while back on how to rig up for float fishing but I am going to revise it very soon with a more updated tutorial. The most important thing when float fishing especially with lighter jigs is having your float and weight under it balanced perfectly. My favorite float to use is the drennan zeppler 8g and 11g. I believe mike is all out of them because I bought them all! :D He will be getting more or you can order them from FishUSA.com - Fishing Tackle at America's Tackle Shop. They 11g works well for most conditions in the winter with micro jigs or my regular size ones. I like the 8g when it gets real low and clear.

First you put on your bobber stop, then the bead, then your float. After that you can use an inline weight with swivels on both ends or what I have been doing recently is just using a sliding sinker (1/4oz) and a good quality barrel swivel. I run a 6lb or 8lb floro leader and this is important because you don't want your line to thick it will mess with the micro jigs action in the water. With the micro jigs, they need help getting down a little quicker so I run two small split shot on the leader separated equally. Don't crimp them to tight! Finally you attach the jig and I would recommend the fish-n -fool knot because its the best and works great for light line.

Another thing that some people over look is the rod. We like to use 9'6" 4-8 lb, fast action float rod. This gives you plenty of flex to fight bigger fish on light line as well as helps in casting light gear and it gives you the perfect setup for these jigs.

Make sure your float has enough weight under it to bring the water right up to the orange on the drennans or whatever float you are using. You want it to dip under the water very quick when a steelhead grabs your jig. You also want your whole setup going through the water vertical. Of course the current can mess with your jig under water but that's why you fish and keep changing depth until you find the fish! Hope this helps.

The jigs work very well and the better you get at fishing jigs the better they will produce! I would like to think even a beginner could throw one out in the right water and trick a steelhead. :D Good luck.
 
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wax yo line

wax yo line

stlhead stalker i was wondering if you ever tried this and if it helps for fast water a friend of mine told me he waxes about 8-10 feet of his line just above the bobber for easier mends i have not tried this and was just curious if it works and what type of wax hes talking about i would hate to ask him especially if hes just messin with me something difirent though :think:
 
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He probably is using just mono for his main line. It helps to add something to help your line float like wax or other similar products. I use braid so I don't have to worry about it. :D Braid is the best for float fishing for quite a few reasons one of which is it floats!
 
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thanks

thanks

always lookn for that extra little edge that separates the fishing from the getting thanks for the advice and i will deffinetly be trying some of your jigs this year with a report or two they look very fishy
 
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always lookn for that extra little edge that separates the fishing from the getting thanks for the advice and i will deffinetly be trying some of your jigs this year with a report or two they look very fishy

If your using mono yes wax the line above your float 8-10 feet, use Mucelin it works very well...

hope that helps ya

Mike
 
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always lookn for that extra little edge that separates the fishing from the getting thanks for the advice and i will deffinetly be trying some of your jigs this year with a report or two they look very fishy

Oh you will be getting reports!! Looks like we might make it down to Cali to fish the Trinity River again and it is prime and ready for micro jigs. :D Good luck this year.
 
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