How to Fish With Rooster Tails

How to Fish With Rooster Tails
Rooster Tails are an effective spinning lure with a flashy blade and brightly colored body. The vibration that the blade gives off when spinning through the water attracts gamefish in clear-water streams and rivers. The pulsating tail provides the trigger that provokes fish into biting once they home in on this lure. Rooster Tails made their fish catching reputation on trout streams, so read on to learn how to properly fish with this fantastic trout lure.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Swinging the Rooster Tail

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ultralight spinning rod and reel
  • Four-pound test line
  • Rooster Tail
Step 1
Rooster Tails are spinners, and these lures work well in rivers because the current keeps the blade spinning seductively. Tie the Rooster Tail to the four-pound test line, and trim the excess line from the knot.
Step 2
Using a technique called "quartering" works well with Rooster Tails. Cast the lure above a likely hole in the river. Reel up the slack line to stay tight to the lure.
Step 3
Keep pressure on the line by reeling slowly so the current keeps the blade of the spinner rotating. Follow the lure downstream with the rod; this keeps a tight line to the lure and forces the Rooster Tail to "swing" across the current.
Step 4
At the end of the swing, allow the lure to hesitate to a moment, as this will draw a strike from a curious trout. Slowly reel the lure back in and cast again.
Step 5
Repeat the cast and swing process until you cover the entire hole or you draw a strike from a hungry trout.

Tips & Warnings

Tie your line directly to the spinner; do not add a swivel as this will inhibit the action of the lure.
Use polarized glasses to look for underwater obstructions that could snag your lure.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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