Prototype Steelhead Float

Discussion in 'Tackle Making' started by KSUFLASH, Aug 22, 2008.


    KSUFLASH respect our rivers please

    The dust is now flying in the KSUFLASH workshop. I need floats, and I need to wet my appetite for something differant than I made last year.

    Below is a photo of my latest steelhead float prototype. I still have to get a scale and weigh out how many Grams each float is.

    This was made out of Basswood. The antenna is white right now due to it is only my prototype. I will be dipping some florescent colors on them soon. The stem is from some wire that I had laying around from my other tackle making adventures.

    I will be dipping color and clear coat on them today and tomorrow. Then it is time for a test on the river. I am hoping to have about 5 quality steelhead floats ready by Sunday.

    My initial bucket filled with water test passed. The prototype floats and sits really nice in the water.

    Cant wait to see some of these floats dunk under with a steelhead on.


  2. I happen to have some small pieces of chestnut left over from carving ducks. Would that wood be any good for floats if i can find a lathe?


    KSUFLASH respect our rivers please

    I looked up the density of chestnut. Here is what I found

    Blasa----6.86 to 12.49 lbs/cu.ft density
    Basswood---24.85 lbs/cu.ft density
    Chestnut----28.34 lbs/cu.ft density

    I would say that chestnut would probably float very similar to basswood.

    KSUFLASH respect our rivers please

    I didn't get out to try the floats this weekend, but I was able to turn some more on the lathe and finish them.

  5. I take four please.......

    those look great Flash! .... such a thrill when ones own custom rigs and baits catch fish!

  6. Flash,

    I think the gram designation for floats is not "how many grams they are" rather how many grams they will hold without sinking or actually to balance to almost neutral

    BTW, very nice looking floats.


    KSUFLASH respect our rivers please

    yeah thats what i meant to say..

    when i get a scale i will be able to see how much weight they hold.

    Thanks for the compliments on the floats. They seem to work well.

  8. Nice Floats Flash !!!!
    bet you will get some nice drifts with those !!!
  9. Nice floats, let us know how they perform.