How to paint your own fishing floats

How to paint floats In float fishing, the float itself is very important. The way it is configured, loaded, painted. From the quality and configuration of the color of the float, the timeliness of the registration of the bites, and hence the number of successful cuts, depends very much. Not always store floats have an adequate color suitable for fishing conditions. Then you need to paint the floats yourself. The same goes for self-made floats, so popular among anglers.

Painting a float is a serious and responsible business. The combination and richness of colors should allow: it is good to distinguish the slightest movements of a float, bites; Look at the float for hours without tiring the eyes; To distinguish a float on any pond and under any illumination (within certain limits, of course).

Let’s start with the choice of paint, which we will paint floats. In principle, there are many options here, but each of them has its own nuances.

Round float It is possible to paint a float with a nitro paint. To the indisputable advantages of nitro colors can be attributed high speed drying and color saturation. To disadvantages: not a particularly rich choice of colors, but also the fact that some types of nitro-paint erode foam, from which floats are often made.

Round float

Alternatively, it is possible to paint floats with oil paints with the addition of natural varnish for outdoor work. This kind of painting is good with a rich choice of colors, and sufficient durability of the coating. However, oil paints, even with varnish, dry quite a long time. Oil paints are most convenient for painting wooden floats.

In the end, the floats paint with colored lacquers, up to the lacquer for nails :). Of course, you can not always choose the right combination of colors. But as an option “on the knee” – this is a completely usable dye.

Now, as for coloring options. In fact, the float should be as visible to the fisherman as possible, under certain conditions on the pond (lighting, color of water and surroundings). At the same time, the underwater part should be made as inconspicuous as possible for fish. This is especially important when fishing on top and from shallow depths.

So, usually, the bottom of the float is painted in dark colors: black, green, brown. If you are supposed to catch a sunny afternoon, in clear water, then the bottom of the float should be painted white. It will be least noticeable against the background of a bright, sunlit sky.

Thin float The upper part of the float and the antenna (if any) should be bright and noticeable. If the float is made of goose feather, it is convenient to apply three to four strips on its top, with usual dark red nail polish (or any other dye from the above).

If I use long thin floats for standing water, then I apply the following combination of colors: Dark green body; On the antenna a strip of lemon-yellow; Tip red. The places of convergence of colors, I emphasize the black strip, the width of 1.5-2mm. Such an antenna of the float is very noticeable and convenient. Most importantly, due to the addition of a yellow-green to red, eyes are not so tired, with a long “stuck” on the float :).

Thin float

Also, a good variant of the coloring of the float antenna is zebra. White areas alternate with black (dark red). The length of white and dark stripes is 0.8-1.5 cm. Such a float is very good when fishing on the wave and in cloudy weather, when the water reflecting the sky becomes white-gray.

In this case, the classic version of the coloring of the float: the white bottom, solid red top, I personally consider very unsuccessful. Of course, much depends on the configuration of the float itself and the conditions of fishing, but in most cases, floats with striped, contrasting antennas are more visible and universal. Especially carefully should be approached to the coloring of the float, when fishing with a fishing rod for long casting.