I would recomend 4# or 6# leader especially for low clear water of late fall and winter...as for baits, spawn bags, wigglers, and wax worms work well .....a small jig can be fished plain or tipped with one of the above baits.
All good tips so far. Something not yet mentioned is sometimes it helps to use a weighted bobber. It will allow you to cast a bit further, which isn't totally neccessary but nice sometimes. Also with inconsistant depths that your rig will be covering, it will ensure the slip bobber is always pointing 'up' for you, and you can see a bite or a bottom 'tick' easier. I use the black/orange thill bobbers that have a little lead ring around the bottom.
Most places have them, and most shops will stock up on them for fall / spring steelhead. I saw them at Hesperia sport shop, since the white river is a good float fishing river. I also found them for a buck a piece at Kmart on clearance one time. Usually they are in a bulk bin near other slip bobbers. Usually easy to notice the Black/Orange coloring.
I float fish with a center pin, not alot maybe three or four times a week after work. I use several types of floats, hold them on with plastic tubing top and bottom. The thill steelhead floats work well. I fish spawn and sometimmes wax worms or egg flies. You dont have to be very deep my experience is the fish will come up quite aways, this helps alot in snaggy water.
Count me in also as a regular bobber guy. I like using the Wasp carlisle types as 1) I find the red w/ chartreuse stem the easiest to see 2) the long stem tip acts like a speedometer needle and it is easier for me to see what the rig is doing 3) They are cheap enough that I don't feel like I need to jump in after it if I break off like a 3 dollar bobber 4) I like the truer drift and weighting characteristics of balsa vs a foam or plastic bobber. Another one that I like are Graylings, but they are hard to find and I only use my treasured stock when fishing relatively open rivers. The clear plastic ones are becoming the rage as of late. With those, I like the Red Wing Black Bird ones as they can hold more weight than the Drennans. However, they can be hard for you, and other fishermen to see.
There are alot of good bobbers out there, and, like any tool, it is good to pick the best one for the job.
One commonality with all of them is that it critical they are properly weighted for maximum sensitivity. On a carlisle, that would be when the point at which only the top 1/4 of the body of the bobber is above water.
Aside from all the hen talk, what's the best way to hook a wiggler so it doesn't come off or explode? I've only tried float-fishing w/ these ugly buggers one time and got sick of hooking them up after every cast!
Thanks in advance...Sid
Begin at the point where the tail seems to join the main body of the nymph and work the point of the hook under the critter's exo-skeleton (it isn't skin) so the tail of the wriggler subscribes to the bend of the hook.
Not having any real solid tissue to hold, wrigglers do come off at times.
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