Split shots are the essential counter balance to the float that help get the bait into the strike zone and increase the sensitivity of the float. They are available in a variety of sizes, from the tiny No.8 to the larger AAA, to match any rig. It is important to carry a range of sizes to be prepared for any situation. Whenever shotting a float, it is essential to use good quality round shots to reduce line twist under the float (avoid using split shots with easy-to-open ears). We recommend using Raven split shot dispensers as a convenient way to carry a full range of shot.
A soft split shot, like Sure Shot™, can be easily repositioned on the line to quickly adapt the shotting pattern to changing conditions. It is best to avoid any hard shots, as they are difficult to reposition and may damage the line.
Some anglers prefer preparing a variety of shot line in advance to save time on the water. A shot line is a length of low-vis or fluorocarbon leader with split shots attached along the length of the line. Each end of the line has a micro swivel. One end gets connected to the leader and the other end gets connected to the main line below the float. The shot line can then be easily switched on the river when needed.
When conditions call for smaller floats and less shot on the line, you can remove a few shots from the top of the shot line by cutting it just below the upper swivel, sliding the unwanted shots off the line and re-tying to the swivel. This is a more effective method then trying to pry open the shots and risk damaging the line.