Float N Fly Part 2: The Fly

Float N Fly Flys

In the article I blogged about in my previous post, Float N Fly Part 1: The Float, Mike Bucca suggests that you use 1/16 oz. fly or hair jig with roughly an 1 in tail. Some hair jigs could have up to 2 in of tail, which is alright but in Bucca’s experience he has lost bass due to the hair protecting the hook and not allowing him to set. If you come across this scenario just cut the hair down and get back out there. Hopefully we’ll be in eastern Tennessee when the bass are eating just about anything!

Another important detail to pay attention to is the weight of the fly; no wiggle room here, keep it at 1/16 oz. Unfortunately a 1/8 oz jig will bounce and sink too quickly when you’re jerking the rod, (which pops the bobber and jigs the fly.) so keep it at 1/16 oz. Also, when jigging, be very careful and calculated. The fish you’ll be catching are likely in a suspended state so they’re going to come right up to it and smell your fly. Don’t jerk your rod so hard you pull your bobber out – take it easy.

Now color. Hopefully in our instance color won’t matter much but Bucca says that spotted bass are known for hitting off the wall colors, so if you find something HeadBro would sell if they were in the tackle business – get it. These colors are easy to see in both clear and muddy water.

If the hair jig isn’t doing it for you Bucca suggests that you replace the fly with a hook and fluke or minnow softbait. With the placement (hopefully) right under the bait fish school but above the bass a minnow makes the most sense – I suggest a Gulp that looks like the local bait fish; alewives, shad, and shiners. Go no bigger than 3 in. on the fluke or minnow.

Next up – Float N Fly Part 3: Casting

Previous post in the series – Float N Fly Part 1: The Float

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