Micro fishing floats, to come right down to it, are basically just seriously small bobbers. They are nothing like the red and white plastic bobbers we all used as kids, and the Japanese ones designed for tanago fishing are nothing like the bobbers (er, indicators) we use as adults. They are much more sensitive so they will show the bite of even a very small fish.
However, if you use markers under the float, which you can see on the Micro Fishing Kit, the markers are used for strike detection and the primary purpose of the float is just to suspend the markers. The markers are much more sensitive than the float because they show movement to the side rather than down. Even if a fish swims up to take the bait and then turns to go back down, when it turns, the markers will be pulled at least a little bit to one side (before the float is pulled under).
The floats used for tanago fishing in Japan are small and thin, with a relatively small stem. From the top of the float to the bottom of the stem is just over an inch. Thread your line through plastic tube and then insert the stem of the float into the tube, locking the line in place.
If you choose to use one of the extremely light tippets shown on the Micro Fishing Line page, I'd recommend putting the float on a stronger line above the light tippet so if you do happen to hook an unexpectedly large fish or get your hook snagged the light tippet will break and you'll lose only the hook, not your float.
You will need just a tiny bit of weight to get the float to sit properly, with just the tip of the float above water. Just one of the size 10 Dinsmore Micro Shot will work nicely.
Owner Tanago Micro Fishing Floats - $6.00 (package of two - random colors)
The 3/8" Nakazima Ball Float is a spherical plastic float with a stem and rubber tube to fix the float on the line. Insert your line through the rubber tube and then trap it with the stem of the float. The rubber tubing has a slight taper, so be sure that the larger diameter is on the top.
These floats are similar in overall design to the Owner Tanago Floats, but their spherical shape makes them less sensitive. The plastic construction makes them much less expensive, though.
The 3/8" size is the one to use for micros.
There are four floats and two black rubber tubes per package.Nakazima 3/8" Ball Floats - $3.00
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