Do you love big bluegill?
I have been doing some slip-floating lately. One morning I just decided to stop by BJ's bait supply and get me some of his extra fine red worms. In my kit were various slip floats, hooks and small split shot. I was in business, and the fly rod stayed in the car.
I re-learned that long floats and teeny rigs are definitely out, for me. The best floats for my use are stout 2" models, with a single 3/0 shot to balance them. These cast like bullets, and they don't have long, dangly stems or other bits to get tangled up.
In picture 1, below, you see those I make, or modify. The stout ones on the left are made from old floats I find washed up on the shore. I just patch em up, glue a stick in them, sand and shape, and finally finish 'em off with paint and clear coats. They are very much like the chubby Thill Stealth Floats, without the price tag.
The others are just regular pegged cigar floats which I've modified slightly, by drilling a small hole through the wide end of the peg. Just firmly push in the peg, and the top becomes the bottom. Threading the line through the hole is made easier as I've darkened it with a Sharpie for visibility.
(These come with a lengthwise hole in the peg, but I prefer the line to lay below the water surface, where it is not sailed around by every passing breeze).
In picture 2 you see the kind of float that I WONT be using for casting. These long, wispy bits of foam and stem are more of a pain than I like. For a static pole, where you're dipping the float from a boat or stable bank these are fine. But if there is any casting or even flipping to reach your spot, they don't make the cut.
I fish my floats on an 8 3/4' former fly rod. Its been fit with a Zebco 11 micro reel and makes a dandy float casting rig.
For stoppers, I prefer the little rubber "football" types. I got 100 for a few bucks off ebay, so Im set for a few weeks! In a pinch I can tie a bobber stop knot from mono. I back these stops with a small plastic bead, or an 11/0 glass seed bead.
With the long rod, Im good for up to about 7' of depth when casting from shore, which is usually enough to find the bottom and the fish.