Fishing is an ever-evolving sport that sprouts new techniques on a near daily basis, but in the midst of all these new techniques comes a technique so widely used its actually ignored. We aren’t talking about the drop shot, neko rig, or any other new-fangled contraption; we’re talking about the good old float and fly.
Much of the knowledge about the float and fly has gone by the wayside but with fly fishermen becoming more and more prominent in the bass fishing world it’s about time we shine a little light on what’s to come for bass fishing.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been up in 8 feet of water and been frustrated looking at fish that just won’t bite traditional plastics, yet they’ll usually fall for something they’ve certainly never seen. I’m talking about a streamer or an ultra-light marabou that most of us bass anglers just don’t throw.
In a basic rig you’ll be running fluorocarbon to a bobber/float, we usually reach for the Adjust-A-Bubble, then tying to a size 4 or 6 Wooly Bugger fly. Let’s break down why we choose each component for this rig.
On my standard 7’ medium spinning rod I’ll rig up 8lb Berkley NanoFil with a 6 or 8lb fluorocarbon leader running roughly 4 feet in length. Nanofil like most any other superline gives the angler the advantage of casting distance as well as a floating mainline to ensure your line doesn’t sink while waiting for a bite. Using fluorocarbon as a leader will aid in allowing your fly to sink as well as giving you the advantage of being darn near invisible under the water.
Next up is your bobber, we prefer the Adjust-A-Bubble because you can quickly and easily add weight/buoyancy to the float by adding water, this will help to fling that weightless fly out there. Another major advantage to the Adjust-A-Bubble is being able to rig up the bobber as both a slip bobber and a standard static depth bobber. If you’re wanting to just try this technique though your basic round bobbers work just fine.
Finally, we have our fly, the fly is really where personal preference and conditions come into play. As stated my go-to is a larger Wooly Bugger though if I’m fishing in the neighborhood of 20-30 feet for smallmouth I’ll reach for a 1/16th or 1/8th ounce marabou jig.
If you’re willing to try this technique I guarantee; you’ll catch fish.