How to Tie a Fishing Hook So It Floats Under Water

How to Tie a Fishing Hook So It Floats Under Water
Suspending a fishing hook under water is possible with a fishing float. The float allows you to control the depth of the hook and make adjustments based on the level of the fish. Numerous float styles are available with some being adjustable and others being permanent. An adjustable float has the advantage of being easy to remove and make quick changes but the permanent float allows you to position the hook at a 90 degree angle from the float.


Difficulty: Moderate

Adjustable Floats

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing float
  • Hook
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Make a loop in the fishing line at the depth you want to fish. Most floats have a loop attached and a loop to loop connection will secure the float to the line.
Step 2
Feed the loop through the permanent loop on the float. Feed enough of the line through to loop back around the indicator.
Step 3
Take the loop in the line and pull it back over the indicator. Cinch the loop until it is snug and the indicator is secure.
Step 4
Hold the line above or below the indicator and pull in the opposite direction to adjust the depth of the hook.

Permanent Indicators

Step 1
Determine the depth you want to suspend the hook. Fishing on the bottom in a river requires one and a half times the depth of the river.
Step 2
Use a clinch knot to tie the end of the leader to the permanent loop on the float. Slide the knot to the side of the loop to make room for the second leader.
Step 3
Use a clinch knot to tie a section of pre-measured leader for depth you want the hook. Slide the clinch knot so it is directly beneath the float. The hook will sit at a 90 degree angle in the water.

Greased Leader

Step 1
Determine the depth at which you want to suspend the hook. This technique only works for light hooks that you want to fish in shallow water.
Step 2
Grease the leader beginning at the depth mark and working away from the hook. Use a silicone-based floatant and apply it liberally.
Step 3
Cast the fly or lure and it will sink just below the surface film. Eventually the floatant will wash off the line and the line must be dried. Once dry, apply a new layer of floatant.

Tips & Warnings

Yarn fishing floats will absorb water and begin to sink during use. Apply floatant to the yarn and use your fingers to fluff the material. This will help the indicator resist water and float for an entire day of fishing.
Float fishing is effective but it is not the only method of presenting a fly or lure. Many anglers become dependent on the float when they could be having success with a variety of tactics.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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