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David let me throw my 2 cents worth in the wringer here. When I use a slip float which isn't very often but when I do I use the bobber stopper above my float. I use a 6.5 or 7 foot UL rod and reel. The extra length when float fishing lets me cast better with more control and when setting the hook I can get a little better sweeping motion. I haven't had any problems with the line for the bobber stoppers going through my guides. You have to pull them tight a little moisture may be needed to complete that task. Sometime even a pair of pliers will cinch the deal. Hope this helps.
My personal favorite rod for slip floating is a 7ft Okuma lt action with a 2000 series reel 8 or 6 lb spiderwire braid. amazing rod for the money.
here is my slip knot ... i use 20lb bright chartreuse dacron line and trimmed short to the bobber and leave a long tag as an indicator to the rod... leave a small tag at the bobber end for tightening with a hemostat.
like the spoon on the end ken.might try this set up for perch off the walls this winter
Jim it was my favorite jig thru the summer. Sitka
nice slip float tandem !
we make em with a little softer flo orange thread and tie them on a straw 10 or so at a time.easy to deploy with cold hands from the straw
Zebco , Slab Seeker , very light Tip http://bigbluegill.com/photo/crappie-mid-november-from-shore-2?cont... pretty cool inexpensive rod with a ruler on it http://bigbluegill.com/photo/crappie-mid-november-from-shore-2/next... Ben trying out a 7,1/2 ' Berkeley 'Dough Series' rod this year with some slip float success too.
Mike i just bought a mitchell 308 last summer... i love that reel... it is the newly redesigned model.. awesome
I still advocate choosing a rod with large guides, especially if you intend to open water fish in below freezing air temps. I guarantee your guides will ice over, and snag the float stop. larger guides will minimize this.
Good point Tony.