Mastering the Art of Stick Float Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re looking for a relaxing and precise way to catch fish on rivers, then look no further than stick float fishing. This technique uses a special float to present your bait at the perfect depth and location for attracting bites.

The Essential Gear:

  • Rod: A medium-light action rod, around 7-8 feet long, is ideal for stick float fishing. This rod provides enough flex to cast your line accurately and play fish gently.

  • Reel: A small spinning reel with light line (4-6 pound test) is perfect for this technique.

  • Line: Choose a thin, monofilament line that allows you to see subtle bites and control your bait precisely.

  • Float: The key component! Stick floats are elongated floats with a buoyant top and a heavier, non-buoyant bottom. This design helps them stay upright in slow-moving currents.

  • Weight: Small split shot weights are attached to your line a few inches above the hook. These weights help sink your line and keep your bait at the desired depth.

  • Hook: Small, lightweight hooks are best for stick float fishing. Choose a hook size appropriate for the bait you’ll be using.

Setting Up Your Rig:

  1. Attach your float to your line using a special float stop that allows it to slide freely.
  2. Pinch on a split shot weight a few inches above your hook.
  3. Tie your chosen hook to the end of your line.

How it Works:

The weight pulls your line taut, causing the float to stand upright on the water’s surface. As the current carries your bait downstream, the float glides along, indicating the bait’s position. When a fish bites, the float will dip or bobble, signaling you to set the hook.

Tips for Success:

  • Match your bait to the fish you’re targeting. Small maggots or worms work well for roach and dace, while bread flake can attract chub.
  • Adjust the weight based on the current. You want the float to move slowly but steadily downstream.
  • Cast upstream and let the current carry your bait naturally.
  • Keep a watchful eye on your float for any signs of a bite. A subtle dip, bob, or stoppage could mean a fish!
  • Stick float fishing is best suited for slow-moving rivers. In faster currents, it can be difficult to control your bait and keep the float upright.

With a little practice and the right gear, you’ll be catching fish like a pro in no time! Stick float fishing is a rewarding technique that allows you to connect with nature and enjoy the thrill of catching fish in a beautiful river setting.

Images/Source: AmateurAngling

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