Secrets to become the Bruce Lee of Steelhead Float Fishing

Secrets to become the Bruce Lee of Steelhead Float Fishing

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

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.
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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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. 

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