The Float N Fly Just Got Easier! | Winter Bass Fishing

If you’ve ever wanted to fish the Float ‘n’ Fly you’ve got to try this new method! you’re no longer limited to a set length, nor do you need the long rod! We have the utmost respect for our predecessors but this method has changed the way Float N Fly fishing is done and it will work for you too!

If you’ve never fished the float n fly the concept is very simple. You suspend a fly (much like a crappie jig) below a float (bobber) and wait for a big, wary bass to bite. It sounds too easy to be true but this method has been catching giant bass for decades!

If you’ve never fished the rig, now is the time. The method we use is simple and lets you fish the fly effectively without all the crazy equipment. Now you can use this finesse technique with your regular drop shot rod.

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Austin Smith says:

How long have you guys had the tacklewarehouse support link? I wish I would have known about it earlier. I would have used that every time I’ve bought stuff off their website. It’s hard for me buying stuff online that I’ve never fished before so completely using your guys’ advice with color patterns for my area on the website, I would love for it to be supporting y’all.

Robert Chillcott says:

I’ve fished this technique for crappie when it was so cold you had to hold the rod between your legs and stick your hands in your jacket to keep them warm. An occasional twitch of the rod tip is all that’s needed, I’ve filled a 5 gallon bucket full of fish in February using this technique. It’s a very popular way to fish in North Carolina. Sometimes the bobber will bounce creating a ripple but most of the time they’ll just swim up a grab the fly and swim slowly off with it, very seldom will they take the bobber under when the water is very cold.

garrett swanson says:

i use the same thing for catfishing when i dont want the bait on the bottom but close to it or somewhere deep

jeff freeman says:

Do you guys have a recommendation for a dobyns rod that I can use for dropshotting and float and fly? Is that a smart combo?

Richard Bossman says:

Works so well during the dog days of summer aswell. I typically use acorn style clip on bobbers and they will lay over when getting a lift bite. Another tip that I picked up from a well known trophy bass hunter is to figure out the fall rate of the jig and how long it takes from the setup hits the water until the bobber tips up. If the bobber never tips up then a fish grabbed it on the  way down.

Curt Rund says:

Wow! Thank-you guys! I fish from a kayak and before this video, float and fly really wasn’t an option for me. Now it is, thanks to you. By the way, I found out this also works well on the bridge Collums at the north end of Lake Berryessa. Tight lines!

BGAReflow says:

I always have a horrible time with the threaded bobber stops so I always usually use a double uni knot to splice the line together because the threads come off.

Chris Alvarado says:

Man you guys are so full of knowledge and experience… Really admire you guys. Thanks for always putting up really amazing videos.

Bobby Lee says:

Great video I enjoy watching you guys. I like how you all explain the science behind the technique. I have used the big rod in my reservoir many times but it’s super deep, just never felt I was getting down there where the fish are in 40 degree water. Picked up the tackle for this technique and going to give it a try tomorrow. I just tried it in the sink on the lift bite and worked perfect. I’m pumped up. Float and fly at 50 feet will be new to me.

Jordan Holmes says:

Some of us guys here in the east use the float and fly for ultra clear water steelhead fishing.

Nacho Pretzel says:

But doesn’t fixed float have it’s own purposes. If your catching them on a 45°bank. when you cast you stop the float 10′ from the bank , allowing the fly to shoot past the float and land right at the bank. This will create a pendulum, so the fly will swing down with the slope of the bank.

Dan Reid says:

There’s NO “O” in Crappie….lol

Anthony Lawson says:

Done any tight lining with a 3 inch smelt gulp color minnow for Smalljaws.We use 4-6 lb test

BassGeek says:

The old Float and fly. A lot of the guys out here have gone away from it and moved to tight-lining. It’s the same concept it’s just much easier and you don’t need the long rod or float.

Jordan Tanner says:

You guys should do a video on how to properly take care of your reels. How to take them apart and clean them as well as oil them

Chasing Fin says:

How would I fish this from shore? Especially not knowing where the fish are suspended?

Victor Xavier says:

Super cool technique guys…I have to give this a try in the spring after ice out! Besides bass fishing I can see this working on trout for sure! Thx for sharing!

Raymond Padilla says:

awesome video as always..i know this is for crappie but would the 1/8oz be better for bass?

Hook'EmHeavy 707 says:

New subscriber, norcal native. Bay area guy. Lets see what ya guys got..

reboot1017 says:

I use this all winter long here in east Tennessee, one thing that I have found is that when fished over submerged tree tops this rig excels.

Andrew Fluharty says:

I always wondered why people didn’t use a slip bobber for this technique. It seems outrageous to try and cast that monstrosity when this alternative is so common outside bass fishing and so much easier. You can add or remove split shot a foot or 2 above the jig to balance any bobber.

wdh1068 says:

I was able to try this technique with no success where I am. I was able to buy the Thill bobbers locally and had some hair flies to try – used 1/8 oz. However, I ran into 2 problems:
1) using braid to mono leader, I discovered the leader needs to be as long or longer than the depth as the connection knot is a built in bobber stopper! I didn’t have any more line to tie and the fish were deeper than I could go (deeper than the length of my leader). bummer.
2) i was able to get the line to slide through the bobber as long as I was fishing vertically. However, as soon as I made a cast, the line sat on the water and didn’t get pulled through the bobber. What am I doing wrong? Do I need lighter mono or braid? heavier jigs? Different bobber? I used the size 1 thill that Tim linked to. I had a smaller one, but think that would have been worse.

Thanks for the help!

Harrison Walker says:

Very cool vid never knew about this thanks

Nelly's fishing Adventures says:

Damn this is cool makes me want to bobber fish lol. Those crappie are huge! Love this type of video guys

dave king says:

Nice,what about scent?I found gulp works great on saltwater fish,but can’t seem to find one for bass.If you use one. Thanks

raWr Fishing says:

ppl think bobber fishing are for noobs because when you first started fishing, it’s a bobber and a worm. but knowing how to use electronics and present ur lure in the right strike zone is actually very pro! GJ guys

Rich Gebhardt says:

I was skeptical about using this for bass. I just got some time to try the stuff you guys recommended in this vid. Spro phat fly 1/16 bluegill color, Matt’s stealth float and a bobber stop (all using your links). I rigged it on 8lb mono on a 7 foot exage with an Ultegra reel. I went to a local forest preserve that has many big bass since its only a catch and release lake. I had the float and fly just out in the water while I was messing around with a jerkbait and a musky rig I just got. No bites on any. I decided to switch locations and see if I could get some crappie on the float n fly since they are also abundant in the lake. I was in a calm bay by wood and just was casting the float n fly rig around. I had it set to about 3ft. It didn’t take long to get the first hit! To my surprise it wasn’t a crappie but a bass. I hung around that area for about an hour and managed to catch 7 bass. That said my skepticism is gone….I just ordered more float n fly stuff. You guys are making my credit card bill high! Thanks, Rich

Bass Slayers says:

Gonna be at the sportsmen expo and wondering if I can schedule a trip with Matt then?

RedTheRabbit says:

This is a very informative video…! But watching a bobber is sooooooooo boring!

Jason Borofka says:

you 2 are GURU’S

Roger Dudra says:

I fished for salmon in Idaho throwing a float & fly like system like the one you’re showing on spinning gear. It was bigger but the same principle. It works, I saw it.

Larry Sunde says:

I suppose you guys don’t fish crappie but up here in Minnesota we use the clear bobber you can add water to and a dry fly or other trout lures. In the summer at night they’ll be slurping insects and this is the only thing that works unless your good with a fly rod, I’m not, . Just a cheap B & M 8 foot float and fly rod

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