How to Tie a Slip Bobber

by Larry Anderson
Slip bobbers work for anglers of all ages and experience levels.

Slip bobbers work for anglers of all ages and experience levels.

Slip bobbers allow fishermen to use bobbers set to nearly any depth. Unlike traditional floats, which attach to the line and can be difficult to cast if set more than 4 or 5 feet from the hook, slip bobbers slide up and down the line and make casting easier. Available in a wide variety of sizes, slip bobbers can be used for species ranging from crappies and sunfish to northern pike and muskies.

Slide a bobber stop onto the end of the fishing line. Bobbers stops typically are made of yellow or orange yarn and can be tightened by pulling on them.

Slide a bead onto the end of the fishing line.

Thread the slip bobber onto the line. Most bobbers have a hole in their top and bottom; place the line into the top hole and push it out the bottom hole.

Clamp a split shot weight or two about 10 inches from the end of the fishing line.

Tie a jig head or plain hook to the end of the fishing line, using a Palomar knot (see Resources).

Slide the bobber stop up the line to the desired spot. The distance between the bobber stop and the jig or hook is the depth in the water the jig or hook hangs. Tighten the bobber stop.

Items you will need

  • Fishing line
  • Bobber stop
  • Bead
  • Split shot weight
  • Hook

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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