Red Rooster Custom Float-N-Flies are specifically designed for the cold water fishing technique aptly called the "Float And Fly" method. The Float and Fly technique is basically a tiny craft hair jig, with or without duck feathers, suspended under a fixed cork and is an addictive way to fish for spotted bass and small mouth bass during cold winter months. Red Rooster Float-N-Flies are hand made jigs designed to mimic cold water baitfish and come in a variety of proven fish catching colors! If you have never tried the float and fly method we urge you to try it when the water temps on your lake hit 50 degrees and below. Tie on one of Red Rooster's Float-N-Flies and go out and catch you some big spots or small mouth bass this winter!
The "Float 'N Fly" Origins
This refined technique of catching huge winter time bass fishing using finesse jigs was discovered by a crappie fisherman somewhere is East Tennessee many years ago. It all started when folks were fishing for crappie with light line and tiny jigs and lo and behold these crappie fishermen began catching huge Small mouth bass. Over time the technique was perfected and called the "Float 'N Fly". There has always been a huge debate on who discovered it, but one thing is for sure Charlie Nuckols was the one responsible for putting float and fly fishing on the map.
The "Float 'N Fly" Method
The "Float 'N Fly" method begins by using a "Float 'N Fly" specific rod with a 2000 series spinning reel. Using 8 lb. braid as the main line, tie on a light 6 lb. mono or Fluorocarbon leader using a three way swivel. Tie on your choice of Red Rooster Float-N-Flies to the leader. The secret to your "Float 'N Fly" success is the Red Rooster Lift Bite Cork to detect the lift bite of the smallmouth or spotted bass.
I like to start fishing the Red Rooster Float-N-Fly when water temperatures get around 50 degrees, with 48 seems to be the magical number. Overcast sky’s snowy or sleeting days can be the most productive of all! The system works on suspended bass highly pressured that are in a neutral state and present a forage fish type bait right at the level they are suspended at. Keeping the boat in 60’-40’ of water, make long casts with a 9-1/2 -12’ rod on bluff walls or deep mountain V's where the rains wash debris brush into the lake. Long main points, transitions where the bank changes from shell rock to chunk rock are also great choices for "Float 'N Fly" success. Any irregular lake feature can hold fish.
After making long casts, the cork will lay over until the Red Rooster Float-N-Fly reaches its desired depth. Once the Red Rooster Float-N-Fly reaches it's desired depth the the Lift Bite Cork will stand up.
Pay Attention to the Red Rooster Lift Bite Cork as it is the success to your day on the water! The Lift Bite Cork may look like it’s heavy or water logged (note how it floats). Become familiar and make mental notes on the level the float sits In water.
Usually when there are baitfish present your cork will slowly disappear. At that very moment you need to set the hook hard and high ( make the rod whistle) this is very important to have a solid hookset on the Float-N-Fly as it is a light wire hook that’s on a 10’-11’ leader and 20-30’ of braid on the water.
The lift bite is one of the most prominent bites where once the Lift Bite float stands up as you are working it to the boat and it just lays over for no reason....SET THE HOOK! A fish is on and it may be your personal best smallmouth or spotted bass!
You can start out with inexpensive crappie rods but once you get hooked on the "Float 'N Fly" technique you’ll be buying a "Float 'N Fly" specific rod!
Hope this helps you catch your biggest fish of your life! May the Lord Bless You!