consider myself a pretty good float fisherman and was looking forward
to the opportunity to field test the new Stealth Floats. When I
opened the package I thought there must have been a mistake, these
didn't look like steelhead floats, but rather salmon floats.
Now I know the website advertises the float in two
sizes, 23 and 28 grams, but not being from Canada and a few years,
OK several years removed from school, I didn't know how that computed
into ounces. I'm used to a 3/8 oz float and these were quite a bit
So I called up Steve Kaye to ask a little more about
these floats. The phone conversation as it turned out just pointed
out how much more I really need to broaden my horizons and look
to our friendly neighbors to the North when it comes to advice on
fishing different waters for steelhead.
These floats were designed with the Canadian waters
in mind, particularly the Vedder and Stamp Rivers. Although not
large rivers, the flows are big and the holes quite deep compared
to those of the Pacific Northwest and much greater than those back
in the Great Lakes areas. That being the case, Steve just asked
me how the heck I was going to get my presentation down into the
hole, if at all. With the strong currents they fish in, and the
most import thing is to be able to get your presentation down in
front of the fishes face, "how the heck you going to do that with
your light little setups?" Steve asked.
This is where the idea behind the Stealth Floats originated.
They're extremely light, extremely tough, and extremely sensitive.
With all this in mind, they also take much more weight to get the
float to the perfect floating point, which is marked on each float.
Matching the perfect weight and balance the floats track true and
sink below the surface at the lightest touch.
So off to the river to see how these compare to my
Rigging instructions are very simple and available
on-line. Basically put your main line through some surgical tubing
on the top, plastic tubing on the bottom and the float in between.
This also allows for quick changes between the two sizes of floats.
First of all, I very much underestimated how much
pencil lead to use. I was using the 23g model and had about an inch
of 3/16" pencil lead. I ended up using about 1 ½" of ¼ inch pencil
lead to make the float ride at the indicator level. This actually
had it's advantages. First of all, making long casts are a breeze
and mostly a "lob" would get the float to it's targeted area. Second
and most importantly, the presentation got down quick and the float
settled almost instantly. Great for fishing pocket water where you
might only have a foot or two of fishable water.
also noticed the float had terrific tracking ability and flowed
very natural down the river. While mending the line the float hardly
moved as the weight kept it steady. Upon retrieval was another design
feature that stood out as a plus. The shape of the top of the float
allows the water to flow around the float with very little resistance.
When my float went down the first time, it was actually
either a rock or a stick, but it went down quick and I attempted
to set the hook. Although nearly invisible in the water, when it
comes flying back at you it's not hard to miss. I ducked and it
hit the rocks behind me. Hmmm… these things are tough. Being plastic
I was wondering if it would shatter. Nope, just a little nick but
nothing that would hinder the performance.
My fishing partner uses a Center Pin setup so I set
him up with the new Stealth Float. Loved it! Casting became much
easier than his previous setup and watching him hook up with a nice
steelhead with the Center Pin rod/reel combo was a thing of beauty.
Although these floats were designed with the Canadian
waters in mind, don't hesitate to use them in the waters of Washington
and Oregon. Getting that presentation down quick has obvious benefits
and the natural flow these floats provide is outstanding. And when
salmon season is back upon us just think how great they'll be then!
We've already learned how effective the Pink Worm
can be from our friends up north, more and more people are using
Center Pins south of the border, this is just another great product
that's about to get introduced into the States and make a splash.
Although not available yet in the United States, email
Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org