A key element of the line, the float has several functions: it supports the line in the water and acts as bite indicator. We'll explain the different characteristics of floats in order to improve the use of these at the water's edge.



A float is divided into three distinct parts. Each of them has a specific function.

The antenna

The antenna is the only part of the float protruding above the surface. Its usually bright colour makes it easy to locate the line in the water. It is also the antenna that acts as a bite indicator by sinking into the water.

- A Thin antenna will be more sensitive to the touch but less visible from a distance.
- A Metal antenna will be more sensitive than a plastic antenna.


It is the body that supports the line and keeps the float on the surface.

The keel

The keel ensures the stability of the float.

A metal keel recovers faster than a carbon keel.


There are two distinct types of floats: tapered floats and stab floats.

Tapered floats

These floats offer low resistance to penetration in water. They are very sensitive and can detect delicate touches.

Perfect for fishing small white fish on the pond and lake.

Stab floats

In contrast to tapered floats, these offer good resistance to penetration in water. They are used to fish in canals and rivers.

The good load capacity of stab floats allows the use of larger jigheads in order to keep the bait on the bottom.


The load capacity gives the weight required to make the float level in the water. It is generally given in grammes on the body of the float.

In this case, a 0.6 gr jighead will keep the float balanced in the water.

Now you know the specific characteristics of the floats to make the best use of them at the water's edge. Feel free to respond to this subject in the "comments" section.