Winter float through the eyes of a washerless

If someone had told me about nine years ago that I would undertake to write an article about a winter float rod, I would have laughed in his face. However, life is changing, and even I, an ardent admirer of windless fishing, began to no-no, and to top up the float in winter. Certain observations have accumulated, so I decided to present to the reader’s judgment my “outside” view of this tackle. How did it happen that the float rod found a place in my box? What attracted the proponent of dynamic fishing to static observation of the float? First of all, this is some kind of vague longing for bites. Those bites that a properly loaded float conveys so clearly. Actually, in the summer I mostly fish with spinning and side nod. However, I cannot remain indifferent to the “quiet charm” of float fishing. In those moments when a long bream float slowly, slowly begins to crawl out of the water and smoothly falls on its side, my heart stops.

In winter, of course, everything is a little different, and the situation and floats are different, but a bite is a bite in winter. So it is the aesthetic side of float fishing that is the basis for me. However, in addition to aesthetics, the effectiveness of fishing is not the last thing for me. And here the float rod has certain advantages. For example, I often come across the fact that it is on the float equipment that it bites noticeably better than on others, including the rewinder. This tendency becomes especially noticeable in the wilderness and along the last ice. As a washerless person, this, of course, hurt me, but for the time being I didn’t get too hung up on it. Then, analyzing the catches of the floaters, he noticed that they came across large specimens with enviable regularity. And not only roach and bream, but sometimes also perch. However, I repeat once again, this applies to the deafness and the last ice. Why this is happening, I do not know, but it made me take a closer look at this tackle.

The float rod has other strengths as well. For example, the ability to catch quite comfortably in strong wind or frost. In the aggregate, all these reasons led to the fact that the float tackle was registered in my arsenal. However, in mastering it, not everything turned out to be as simple as it seemed to me. As in any business, a lot of subtleties appeared, which were not obvious at first. I tried to adapt to them, and the result was a tackle that seems optimal to me at the moment. Let’s consider it in more detail.

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An alarm clock is always an individual thing. And it’s pretty hard to recommend anything. I personally prefer two types of fishing rods: the first, my favorite, is a universal one, such as the Sayver, and the second is a simple foam rod with reels. It is with reels that it is most convenient to deal with in the process of fishing. But in “off-hours” the line is better stored on spools. This avoids its characteristic kinks. The thicker and harder the fishing line, the more noticeable they are, and the more they interfere with the first minutes of fishing. Therefore, I prefer to reel fishing lines thicker than 0.12 mm on the Cyver, which has both a reel and a reel. And what about the classic float fishing – the filly? Of course, it is very good for fishing, among other things, it is very convenient to hook with it – it is too grasping, that’s just the size. For me, the float rod is not the main tackle, and is a “reserve player”. Therefore, the main requirement for it is to take up as little space as possible. The filly has a problem with that.

The float is the most important part of the rig. As a rule, for winter fishing, they are of several types, which differ primarily in the way they are attached to the line. The most common ones are, firstly, those attached with a cambric to the fishing line and, secondly, the option when the fishing line passes through a hole in the body of the float, in which it is fixed with a pin. For myself, I definitely chose the second option. The convenience of working with it compensates for all possible disadvantages. And the main convenience is the ability to quickly manipulate the tackle. He pulled out the pin, threw the float into the hole, the line slides through it without obstacles to the desired depth, then it is again easily fixed with the pin. Everything is simple and effective. And despite its simplicity, a float with such a mount perfectly conveys the bite. Many people use floats of complex designs, consisting of several parts, or put two floats on the line. But they did not take root with me.

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Sinker. And here I leaned towards the utmost simplicity. No chains of pellets, shears, etc. There should be one load. It can be an ordinary pellet, or just a plate of lead – it is not so important. The main thing is to select its weight as accurately as possible under the float. I usually do this at home using a 3 liter jar. The distance from the sinker to the hook should be selected depending on the circumstances. In most cases it is 5-6 cm. Hook – there is no need to invent anything new. Everything has been described many times. The hook should be of high quality, sharp and small. The only remark: if possible, hooks with a long forearm should be used, since it is much more convenient to put on bloodworms and remove fish from them. Especially in frosty weather.

And finally, the line. As it seems to me, it is not worth it to be particularly subtle here. And this is also the beauty of the float tackle for me. In the wilderness, fish are very demanding on the size of the bait. The best bite is on the smallest. And it is possible to lower a microscopic devil or a tiny jig with a bloodworm to a depth only on a thin line, which, when fishing, often gets confused, clings to the ice. This does not add positive emotions. The float helps to save nerves. I have the thinnest line of 0.12 mm, and the bite on it, even in the wilderness, is not at all bad.

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In what conditions do I float? First of all, this is fishing in the wilderness, although even then it is rarely my main instrument. As a rule, this happens in severe frost or wind. More often than not, I do this. First, I fish the well-fed holes with a wasteless tackle. Often, after catching several fish, the biting stops, but it is felt that there is still fish under the hole. Then I take out the float and very often add a few more copies. At the same time, I got the impression that fish with different tastes (albeit of the same type) bite on the rewinder and the float. First I tried to fish the holes with float gear. In most cases, the picture is repeated: I catch several fish, the bite subsides. I take out the rewinder and quickly catch a few more. As if some specimens prefer to take only a moving bait, and some – a stationary one.

Oddly enough, more often I catch roach with a float than a scoundrel. The bastard almost always bites steadily on the rewinder. But the roach has days when it ignores it. I also use the float for purposeful fishing for bream. For reasons I do not understand, in some parts of the Moscow region reservoirs, large bream practically does not react to a rewinder, but is caught on a float. And, to be honest, sometimes you just want to look at the float, without explaining the reasons. Half an hour or so – and you can again return to your native devils, goats and Ural women.

Of course, for real pros of float fishing, my observations and conclusions can cause a condescending grin, if not sarcastic remarks. I console myself with the fact that it will also be interesting for them to read what a person from, so to speak, the opposite camp of bezwashnikov thinks about their favorite tackle. Although, it seems to me, the division into moths and moths, floaters and spinningists is very arbitrary. The real angler enjoys all kinds of fishing.

author Alexey BARINOV