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How to Use Thill Floats

by Ben Team
Thin-bodied floats provide less resistance to biting fish.

Thin-bodied floats provide less resistance to biting fish.

As Thill produces a wide variety of lures, you can fish with them in countless ways. While the company’s line includes many economy models, their premium floats offer anglers the best chance to hook shy fish or work in difficult conditions. After selecting a model that best matches your fishing conditions, you can use it like any similar float made by other manufacturers.

Rig It Right

The first step in proper float selection and use is to decide how the float should attach to your line. In addition to clip-on models that work well for shallow water fishing, many Thill floats feature hollow centers or attachment rings, enabling you to rig them “slip style.” To do so, thread the float onto your line and tie a swivel on the end; tie your leader of choice to the swivel. Then, place a bobber stop above the float, or tie a small rubber band there. By shifting the position of the bobber stop, you can adjust the depth at which you present your bait. It takes a bit of time and skill to rig floats this way, so beginners and young anglers often appreciate the simplicity of clip-on varieties.

Consider the Conditions

Windy waters require thin-bodied float designs, whereas rounder models are easier to impart motion on the bait. If you want to maximize casting distance, select one of the teardrop designs, which have an aerodynamic shape that cuts through the air. If you prefer fishing at night, use a lighted bobber so you can easily monitor your bait.

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