How to Make Floats for Fishing

How to Make Floats for Fishing
Visit your local tackle shop and you will notice a wide variety of fishing floats for purchase. Although these floats will work in most situations, there are times when you may wish to make your own float for fishing. Whether the reason is monetary or to simply meet your needs, it is easy to make a reliable float that is functional and inexpensive. For just a couple of bucks, a package of toy balloons will make enough floats for months.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Toy balloons Barrel swivel Leader Short section of light line Nail clippers
  • Toy balloons
  • Barrel swivel
  • Leader
  • Short section of light line
  • Nail clippers
Step 1
Choose a brightly colored balloon. Red works well because it is highly visible on the water. Stretch the balloon several times to make inflation easier.
Step 2
Inflate the balloon until it is large enough to carry your bait. Tie an overhand knot in the balloon's lip so it will not deflate.
Step 3
Tie the overhand knot by making a small loop with the line or balloon lip. Run the tag end through the loop. Pull on the tag end and the standing line until the knot is snug. Trim the tag end as needed with nail clippers.
Step 4
Rig up the leader with a barrel swivel. The swivel eyelet will give you an attachment point from which to tie the balloon. Use a short section of the light line to tie the balloon's lip to the swivel using several overhand knots.
Step 5
Tie the balloon tightly to the swivel so it will not be lost and pollute the water. When a fish is hooked, the balloon will burst. The fish can now be fought without any drag from your balloon float.

Tips & Warnings

Use a Uni-Knot to attach the leader to the swivel.
Use caution when working around hooks.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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