My steelhead Slip Weight
 

Author: Gil d'Oliveira AKA treblig

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When drifting a float on a river there is many ways to place weight in your set up. I believe the two main methods in drifting is called short floating or bottom bouncing. The type of river flow also determines what kind of weight is used. Out here in the west we are talking about fast flowing, large river and the steelheads are spread out and always in the move. In the East often we are describing tributaries that are medium to slow moving water. At some areas on the tributary it's no more that thirty feet wide and often the steelheads are congregating in a small area. 

Short floating means that the weight will never touch the bottom and the offering is a foot or more above the river bottom.

I like my lead to touch the bottom. That means my offering will be within a foot from the bottom never higher. The problem with this method is the snags. Lead is soft and wants to stick to any irregularities.

To avoid this I encase a length of lead pencil with parachute chord that offer very little to no friction when among the rocks. We cast large distances often and I find that there is no gear tangled when the weight is concentrated to one area and not spread out like when you use splits shots. The shape of the split shot lead weight is often detrimental to a smooth drift if touching the bottom.

The length of the pencil lead will very on the speed of water you?re fishing. This method with the snap swivel allows quick changes if adjustments are needed. 

In making these weights you need pencil lead, parachute chord, needle nose plies, cigarette lighter, small bead, and snap swivels. 
1:Slide the length of pencil leads into the parachute chord past the entry. Lite the end melt it then squeeze the end with the pliers. 

2: move the lead back down the chord to the seal end and then cut the chord ¼ inch away from length of the pencil lead. Melt that end with the lighter and then squeeze the end with pliers.

3:When attaching the leads to the swivel try to center the attachment. This will stop the swivel from spinning 

4: Your main line goes through the snap swivel and a small bead to protect the knot. I believe the bead also adds as an attractor to you offering. With the line moving freely I can feel any soft resistance that can occurs with these wily steelhead. The lead only moves away from the swivel on a bite. In some states I hear there is an issue if the lead is a certain distance from your offering. In that case use a sliding stopper above the weight to avoid any violation.

This is my successful techniques for our kind of rivers in British Columbia big rivers.