Tom Pickering on how to pick the right river float.
THIS WEEK: Pick the right float to catch on rivers
FORMER World Champion Tommy Pickering has forgotten more than most know about float fishing!
As our coach this week, Tommy reveals what determines your choice of float when tackling a river swim and the key points you need to know for each pattern.
Don’t venture on to flowing water before reading this advice!
The main rule governing which type of float to go for is distance – I use a stick float up to four rodlengths out from my fishing position. Any further away than this and it’s waggler territory. Because the stick float is attached to the line top-and-bottom style and the line is kept on the surface, presentation suffers if you try to fish this float too far out.
A strong downstream wind can also limit the use of a stick float because a bow will quickly form in the line and the float will get
dragged towards your own bank. In this instance a waggler is better as you can sink the line itself.
The best bet is to fish the side of the river with the most flow. If that flow is close in, with a decent depth, then you can catch on the stick float. If it’s on the far side then you’ll probably need the waggler rod!
Sometimes, though, on a swim with even depth and flow, you can fish and feed both a stick float and a waggler line.
Tommy with stick (left) and waggler floats.