How to Tie Clear Spin Floats

by Keith Dooley

Clear spin floats are also known as bubble floats. These floats get their name from the fact that they are often used in conjunction with spinning gear to cast delicate flies. The float is made of clear plastic. The float, when rigged correctly, provides enough weight to properly cast a fly for fishing. Rigging a clear spin float involves the use of basic terminal tackle.

Remove the tube from the center of a clear spin float. Add water to the float based on fishing conditions and personal preference. Place the tube back in the center of the float.

Slide the float onto the end of your fishing line. Place a bead on the line below the clear spin float.

Tie a barrel swivel onto the end of your fishing line with an improved clinch knot. Moisten the knot before pulling it tight. Trim excess line from the free end of the line extending from the knot with scissors.

Cut a 9-foot length of 4-pound-test monofilament fishing line from a filler spool. Use scissors to cut the line for use as a leader.

Tie one end of the leader to the barrel swivel with an improved clinch knot. Tie a dry fly to the opposite end of the leader with the same knot. Choose a fly pattern and size based on fish species, fishing conditions and personal preference.

Items you will need

  • Rod with matched reel and line
  • Clear spin float
  • Bead
  • Barrel swivel
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Fly

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.