When Bob first started using Raven FS floats for fly fishing he had steelhead in mind. And as he quickly realized these were deadly on silver bullets Bob figured he might as well give them a try for trout. Needless to say, I don’t think he or any of the guys at the shop have used anything else since. Using one of these floats seems to the average fly angler a bit unorthodox, but when used properly in the right situations these can be deadly on trout. The mechanics of using one of these for trout is nearly identical to using them for steelhead, although the smaller sizes of 1.0 gram and 2.2 gram are more often used for trout. Cast up and across stream, give a flip mend to get the float above your fly and weight, taking tension off of your weight and allowing it to quickly drop and suspend vertically under your float. From then on, use the vertical post on the float as an indicator of when a mend will be needed. If the post tips upstream, your fly line is moving slowing than the float causing the float and your fly to kick out of the vertical suspension. When this happens mend downstream. And when the reverse happens mend upstream. The vertical post on these floats is key, it tells you exactly where your fly is, unlike a yarn indicator or thingamabobber. Now there are still times when one of the later will be the more effective indicator. Situations where weight is not needed, when fishing for very spooky fish in gin clear water, and in very small streams. Those are a few of the more common situations where other indicators may excel. For most other fishing scenarios in moving water a Raven FS Float is hard to beat, if you can grasp and accept the fact that you’re fishing a bobber, (you’ll be glad you did) chances are you’ll never go back.
Leader: 3ft of 10lb Maxima, 3fr of 8lb Maxima spliced together using a blood knot. The attach a micro swivel to the 8lb maxima and attach 2ft of appropriate sized tippet for the fish you are pursuing. Attach the correct amount of weight to the 8lb section of maxima (AKA shot line) to get the float to stand up and get a vertical drift. Adjust float accordingly to the depth of the water you’re fishing.