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Developed in the l950's by Howard Worden, the Rooster Tail is one of the most productive lures ever invented. The action of the spinning blade in combination with the colorful, pulsating hackle tail makes the Rooster Tail irresistible to any gamefish. Rooster Tail is a lure that consistently catches fish. Fishermen across North America and abroad are using Rooster Tails successfully for trout, bass, perch, crappie stripers, pike, steelhead, salmon and other gamefish.
Rated 5 out of 5 by bigdmc Catches everything
These things always catch something even when nothing else works. If I had to pick one lure for a survival pack this would be it.
June 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by nmdiver One of the best
I have used Rooster Tails for almost every kind of fish I target--trout, bass, pike, panfish. I think I have even caught catfish on them, if you can believe that! I don't know what it is about their design, but they work! The 1/8 oz are perfect for stream trout. I upsize a little to the 1/6 oz lures when fishing in a local reservoir that has some bigger trout. Go even a little bigger for bass. Smaller, 1/16 oz, work great on panfish.
I have not used these in saltwater yet, though that will change this summer. I plan to see what I can catch with some of the larger sizes around Bradenton.
May 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by calguy My GoTo lure
If they forced me to throw away all my tackle and left me only one lure to use the rest of my life, without question it would be the Rooster Tail spinner. Been using them over 40 yrs catching every specie fish there is. My favorite size is 1/8 oz for streams, 1/65 ounce for bigger water, and 1/16 for my bluegill ponds. All time favorite color has to be Yellow Coachdog with Green coming in a close second, followed by White and Black. Don't waste money buying too many colors. Stick with 3 or 4 and you are in business!!!
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by stickerice85 great spinner
love the black with silver blade......when they're on sale, i stock up on this color. I've used other colors too but i think the black with the silver blade (1/8oz) is the best all around use.
April 15, 2014
The very best color I've used in 40 years of trout fishing has to be the Yellow Coachdog. Size 1/8 for small streams and lakes, 1/6 for larger waters. Anything larger seems to diminish effectiveness of the lure.
if your using joe's flies and you should be. we've used the brass color spinner with any of the white or colored lures the green was a good color. you really have to have one of each color and keep trying different lures till you find one they like.
Bass generally can feed by sight as most predatory game fish do. As such, its very important that you "match-the-hatch". That means matching the colors and patterns to the predominat prey of the fish in the body of water that you are targeting. Also, keep in mind that more neutral colors (whites, browns, blacks, and drab greens) tend to do well in clearer water while bright colors such as reds, yellows, oranges, and chartruse, do well in stained and murky waters.
cast out and reel it in as slow as you possibly can while still feeling the blade to spin. A quick jerk as soon as it hits the water can start the blade spinning. The slower you retrieve, the better your chance of hooking up.
Really any way you want, you want to keep the spinner blade moving though.
Cast it out and: -Reel it in slow-fast. -Let it sink for a second up to a minute and reel it in. The faster you go the quicker it will come up to the surface, the slower the slower it will come up. -Reel and give your rod a jerk every now and then. -Troll it behind the boat.
Florida fresh water use I would just cast and retrieve like any other spinner bait but use your fish sense and reel slow or fast and sometimes let it sink then reel in. I also have jigged in deep water. Large silver Rooster Tails I actually used in salt water at my cousins place near St James City and caught a few!
I'm prejudiced and use the Salmon Fly Rooster Tail the most but depending on what time of year and the hatch that is out you can gauge the color by that. I used to have very good luck with the Rainbow Rooster but it has not been the same for a long time now but your area may be different. Dark Green with a hatch design and gold highlights has been a winner for me too. I don't know the proper names.
it depends mainly on water clarity - natural colors, like white & silver, are better in clear water, bright gaudy colors, like chartreuse, are better in dingy water. Gold is best in tea-colored water(called 'tannin stained' water).
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