How to Tie a Sliding Float Rig For Bream

by David Proudfoot

Sliding Float Rig For Bream

The sliding float rig for bream is suitable for shallow water boat fishing or for bream from the shore. The rig is successfully used in the Channel Islands.

Sliding Float Rig Components

Main Body

2 x 3mm Beads

2 x Small Swivels

Drilled bullet or barrel lead

1 x Float; size of the float on the sliding float rig for bream depends upon the weight being supported including the bait. A slim profile float works best for the bream. A heavy waggler style float can also be effective, with the line freely flowing through the eye.

waggler float

1 x 10 – 20lb BS leader material, length depends on depth to be fished

1 length of Powergum


1 x 1 to 3m length 10 – 20lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon snood

2 x 4 to 1 hook short shank hook; size of hook will depend upon bait and fish size

1 x 3-way swivel or 2-way bead

Attractor beads as required

The Rig Body

  1. Tie on the leader onto the reel line using double uni knot or spider hitch to Albright knot if using braid for main line.
  2. Thread the following components onto the leader – Bead / Sliding Float / Bead then tie on a swivel.
  3. Tie a length of heavier nylon, 150mm, to the swivel.
  4. Thread the barrel or bullet lead(s) onto this nylon them tie on the second swivel.
  5. Approximately 600mm above the weight tie a Powergum stop knot on the snood side of the lower bead.
  6. Above the top bead tie a Powergum Stop Knot at a distance which allows the bait to fish at the appropriate depth.It may be counter intuitive but the stop knot will flow through the rod guides easier if the tag ends are left at around 25mm rather than being trimmed short.Remember to allow for the fact that the hook will be fishing below the weight.

The Snoods

  1. Tie the snood line to the swivel below the bullet lead. A rig clip can be used for quickly changing the snoods.
  2. Approximately two-thirds of the way down the snood length either fix a 2-way bead in place with glued stops or cut the snood length and attach a 3-way swivel. The rig can be simplified by using a cut blood loop for the dropper.
  3. Attach attractor beads and hooks to the dropper and to the end of the snood length.

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the sliding float rig for bream

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