Depending on the strength of the current, floats with a carrying capacity of 1 to 8 g are usually used. At considerable depths and very strong currents, floats up to 12 g are necessary. Unfortunately, it is not easy to find good models with a carrying capacity above 5-6 g on sale. There is little demand for them, and it is not profitable for the majority of firms selling fishing goods to buy them. Leaving even a familiar river in early spring, it is difficult to predict how much the water level and current strength have changed in comparison with summer. Therefore, for successful fishing, it is better to prepare at home 10-15 rigs with floats of various carrying capacities, from 0.5 to 8 g or more. Moreover, it is advisable to make the rigs paired, so as not to knit a new one in uncomfortable conditions when it breaks. And not every angler takes a tube with spare floats and other accessories necessary for rigging for fishing: fishing lines, cambric, sinkers. And the use of spare rigs with a float that differs by only 0.5 g up or down, often significantly affects the bite, and not in the best way.
When fishing with a plug rod, floats with a carrying capacity of 1.5-3 g more are used than when fishing with a swing or bolognese under the same conditions. This is due to the fact that when fishing with a plug in the current, frequent and prolonged, for several seconds, braking of the rig is performed or it is completely stopped above the bait table. If the rig is too light, the current puts the float almost parallel to the surface of the water and raises the bait high above the bottom, where large fish feed. The weight of the rig and, accordingly, the carrying capacity of the float should be such that when wiring with braking and stopping the float, the antenna deviates from the vertical by no more than 15-30 degrees. At the same time, the nozzle does not come off strongly from the bottom and the best bite transfer is ensured.
In general, so much attention is paid to posting with braking and stopping the rig because in the early spring period the fish, although hungry after winter, is rather weak and prefers not to make unnecessary movements during the current. Therefore, there is a greater likelihood of a bite on the bait, which is located at or near the bottom and is kept on the current thanks to a precisely loaded float.
Specialized floats for fishing on the current Cralusso Surf are designed primarily for fishing with Bolognese rods in the current with the braking of the rig at the point of fishing and clear guidance along a certain route, as when fishing with a boat. They can be used with other types of rods as well. Cralusso Surf are available in carrying capacity from 3 to 20 g, which allows you to assemble equipment for fishing on almost all types of rivers with any depth and current. The main feature of the float is the asymmetric shape of the body, so it must be in a certain position in relation to the direction of flow. However, this does not limit the possibilities of use: the design makes it easy to disassemble the float and readjust, taking into account the location of the angler relative to the current. Cralusso Surf floats are well suited for fishing with a smooth brake and full stop of the bait. Some fishermen have successfully used large-weight models on rivers when catching a predator with live bait.
I used Cralusso Surf floats with a carrying capacity of 3 to 8 g, mainly when fishing with a plug on small rivers with a medium current and depths of 1-3 m. Several times I tried the 3-gram Cralusso Surf and when fishing with a flywheel seven on the Klyazma near Moscow. I got a lot of pleasure. I put a rig with a Cralusso Surf at 3 g, measured the depth – impressive, under 5 meters. The distance from the tip of the rod to the float is a little more than a meter, you can catch with a seven, like a plug, with full braking. Casting, I insert the butt of the swing into daytons – brackets for a rod on a sports float box. The float was fixed – and after a few seconds a confident bite, I didn’t even have time to smoke. The advantage of this type of fishing was that when the rod was attached, a correctly selected and loaded float held the bait exactly over the bait table. Achieved, in fact, the effect of a half-bottom, only the antenna of the float indicated the bite. The fish that day pecked on the groundbait exclusively, and the unusual float made it possible to avoid exhausting constant reloads.
When fishing in a stream, especially a strong one, it is advisable to use flat floats. They are quite expensive, but often only with them it is possible to slow down and even completely stop the rig over the bait, since the current pushes them out much less than floats with a body in the form of a drop or an olive, respectively, and the sinkers and the hook with a nozzle also rise less above the bottom. There are two types of flat floats available. One classic, with a disc-shaped body and attachment, like typical keel floats: through a ring on the body and 2-3 cambric on the keel. In another design of flat floats, the keel passes asymmetrically through the body of the float, and instead of a ringlet, a short rod protrudes from above, on which, like on the keel, the fishing line is fixed with a piece of silicone cambric. The advantage of such a float is that it can be easily changed without changing the entire rig, but only by changing the weight of the load. This saves a lot of time. Flat floats are produced with a carrying capacity from 1 to 25 and even 40 g. When using them, it should be borne in mind that the carrying capacity of a flat float should be on average 2-4 g less than a classic keel float under the same conditions.