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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 bassharrier Rooster Tail
I like these for river smallmouth, but I also have them along for lake fishing too.
One day I wasn't doing too well in my favorite lake and I tied one of these on before calling it quits for the day.
Beleive it or not, within forty five minutes I had the biggest stringer of bass in my life. An 8lber, 7.5, 6.2, 5.5, and 4.9. I would have been smokin' at the classic.
Moral of story, Don't underestimate the power of small lures.
January 30, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5 by Esox fan Catches Everything! I swear it
So many of you scoff when those of who use the rooster tail tie one on our line and cast it out into the water, but let me set the record straight on this, this little devil catches everything in the lake. I have personally caught, Large and Small mouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegills, Trout, Northern Pike, Bullheads, Perch, and my buddy Bill even caught a 15 pound Muskie on one. If you are looking to add a new weapon in your arsenal, buy some of these babies. My favorite is yellow, but I also favor black and even pink. Trust me, you can't go wrong on this one.
May 29, 2006
Rated 5 out of 5 by AJFGATOR Killer
Believe or not these lures are killers in the Florida surf, especially when shrimp tipped, for all species.....redfish, permit, bluefish.
July 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Faulkners13 Classic Lure Still Works Best
I just came back from a camping trip in the sierras. My wife and I caught over 50 rainbows and smallmouths using nothing but rooster tails. We tried many other lures in both rivers and lakes, but every time we used these it was like fireworks. Amazing lures.
July 9, 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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