How to Make Handmade Fishing Floats

Updated April 17, 2017

Store-bought floats do the job, but they're nothing to be proud of. By creating your own fishing float, you can not only personalise your fishing experience but also custom-size each float to the type of fishing condition and fish you are angling for. Generally, you want to make your float larger for bigger fish. You also want smaller floats for faster moving water. All floats should be painted bright to attract the fish. Float fishing is a common technique among ice anglers. Children also commonly use the technique due to the lack of skill and attention needed to hook a fish while float angling.

Measure the dowel to 3.5 inches. Mark it with a pencil and clamp it. Saw the piece off.

Take your 3.5-inch piece. Put on a glove.

Turn on your belt sander. Sand the piece of dowel to whatever size you want by placing one side of the dowel at the end of your sander. Most float designs call for pointed tips so the dowel cuts through the water efficiently when reeling in your line. Angle the dowel to about a 45-degree angle and rotate it around the sander until you get your desired point. Make it as even as possible. Your bottom and top will need to be pointy enough to be fitted with surgical tubing.

Paint the float any bright colour you choose. Bright paint will help to attract the fish.

Place surgical tubing on each tip.

Hammer a nail into the side of each end of your float. Remove the nail. This will be the hole you can use to tie your line to.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Ear plugs
  • 3.5-inch piece of dowel, 3/4 of an inch thick
  • Belt sander
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Table and clamp
  • Two small pieces of surgical tubing
  • Measuring tape
  • Bright paint
  • Saw
  • Safety glove
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About the Author

Phillip Woolgar has been a reporter since 2008 in communities throughout western Canada. His work has appeared in Canadian national publications such as the "Globe and Mail" and the "Vancouver Sun." In 2009, he received second-place recognition in the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association's Excellence in Arts and Culture writing category. Woolgar graduated from the Langara College Journalism Diploma program in 2008.