-- Last Updated: Jul-21-11 8:17 AM EST --
Check my "swimming rocks" thread I just started before reading this one. It would have gone well here too.
I don't really have a favorite trolling lure as I generally fish rivers and don't troll. I drift lures and flies. A little different in that it switches what is moving and what is still relative to each other, but similar enough to fit in a casual conversation such as an on-line fishing forum.
My favorite drifting lure, bar none, is the Case Jack's Worm. When I'm floating along and just covering water at current speed, not paying attention to much of anything but the warm feeling of sunshine on my face, I'll put a Jack's Worm out on a long line on a quartering downstream cast. Then when it gets to straight downstream, I'll bob it a couple times up and down the current by pulling some line with my hand (like a fly fisherman would do) and then I'll start to retrieve it slowly. I get the most hits just at the end of the swing or at the beginning of the retrieve.
For flies, I like drifting a wooly bugger or a hopper/dropper using a similar technique, but on a much shorter line. With spinning tackle and the Jack's Worm, I watch the line for movement. With flies, I watch the hopper for movement. The hoppers I use are fairly small and so it needs to be near enough for me to see if it is moving un-naturally. Probably not any further than a 15 or 20 foot cast. I try to float down shallow water and drift the hopper/dropper over deeper water, but my boat control skills could use some help in getting that aspect performed consistently.
Now for trolling, I haven't trolled any flies but it sounds like it might be a good idea so I'll give it a go with big Clouser Minnows sometime to see whether it works. What I have trolled the most are large Rat-L-Traps when going for stripers in the tidal Potomac. It's not the primary means of trying to catch them. We prefer to get to target holding locations and cast for them, but as we paddle from one spot to the next it doesn't hurt to keep a lure in the water. Now that I'm fishing still water again, perhaps I'll start tying on a shad or large grub on a 3/8 or 1/2 oz jig head as I move between spots.
- Big D