Drifting corkies is not the easiest form of fishing, because there is definitely a learning curve. Once mastered, it can be super productive. In most cases where there are many fisherman in a select area, this will be the form of fishing that's being done. This is because the cast, and retrieval can be done "in a row" very easily.
Cast up at about one o'clock, and slowly retrieve any slack so
that your line is tight at all times. Once your line passes directly in front of you, you no longer need to reel. Place your index finger on the line so that you can feel what is happening to your corky and hook at the end of your line. If the line stops, or starts traveling up river, or you feel a slight tug, SET THE HOOK!
If you find there's never a fish-on, you probably have to much weight on, and you're feeling your weight hitting the bottom of the river rather than a fish mouthing your bait.
Believe it or not, one of my most productive days was fishing a seam where my weight, and line very rarely touched the bottom. My line would stop in the water, and I'd set the hook with a fish fight immediately following. It was awesome.
The most common mistake is too much weight, but color selection, and size are extremely important as well. A handy River Fishing Cheat Sheet is very helpful while down at the river.
|Corky||sizes 12,14||size 10,12||size 6,8|
|Okie||sizes 2,3||sizes 1,2|
|Spin & Glow||size 14||size 8,10,12||sizes 4, 6, 8|
Hopefully this video helps with the whole setup.