How to Rig a Sheffield Float for Steelhead Float Fishing

How to Rig a FloatFloat fishing for steelhead has become wildly popular in both the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest in large part to its simplicity when it comes to rigging. Sheffield floats come in a variety of sizes that will hold anywhere from two to 11 grams of weight. As with most floats, the Sheffield line comes with a bright top that is easy for anglers to see while fishing and goes under with the lightest of bites. Read on to find out the proper way to rig these effective fishing tools.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Rig the Sheffield Float for Success

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sheffield float
  • Steelhead rod and reel
  • Beau Mac steelhead jig
Step 1
Sheffield floats have silicon tubing on the top and bottom that pinch the line in place. Remove the tubing from the top first and place the line through the tubing.
Step 2
Place the tubing with the line back on the top of the float. Remove the lower piece of tubing from the float and place the end of the line through the tubing. Replace the tubing and line back on the lower end of the float.
Step 3
Pull the line down from the bottom of the float and tie on the Beau Mac steelhead jig. Since the jig has weight incorporated into it, you will not need to add any more weight to the line.
Step 4
Adjust the float by sliding it up the line to find the proper depth the fish are holding at. Once you find the magic depth, hold the jig at the butt end of the rod to gauge the float depth against the rod. This will ensure you are in the strike zone during the drift.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure to get the tubing wet prior to slinging the float up and down the line; this will decrease the friction that could cause the line to deteriorate quickly.
The painted end of the float is considered the top of the float; be sure to start rigging this end so the float will work properly.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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