How to Rig a Bobber for Steelhead Fishing


Float fishing with a torpedo-shaped bobber is a popular technique for catching steelhead trout. The bobber adjusts quickly to different points on the line to hold the baited hook at the desired depth. When fishing conditions change, just slide the bobber to a new position and cast again. Steelhead hold at certain depths (typically 10 to 20 feet) for prolonged periods, so it is important to place the bait directly in their path and hold it there. An adjustable bobber solves this problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Rod and reel spooled with 15- to 20-lb. line
  • Steelhead bobbers
  • Bait and tackle
  • Pull the tube out of each end of the bobber.

  • Insert the line from the tip of the fishing rod through the top and bottom tubes, then tie a hook rig to the main line. Shiners and nightcrawlers are excellent live baits for steelhead.

  • Position the two float tubes at the desired distance up the line.

  • Separate the tubes a few inches, then insert the bottom of the top tube into the top of the bobber.

  • Insert the top end of the bottom tube into the bottom of the bobber.

  • Pull both ends of the line tight to remove any gaps on the top and bottom of the bobber.

  • Remove the tubes and slide to a different position on the line, then reinsert in the bobber to change the fishing depth.

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