Brian asked me this in a private message and I agree with him that we should just start a new thread. I think there may be some info on this board somewhere for different rigs and such. I learned this method from Steve Brown of catfishsafari.com, a Warsaw, Mo. guide. <-- (and a BOC partner by the way). So, my first piece of advice if you want to learn to drift is to lay out some change and get a guide who actually drift fishes. It's about more than just rigs and line. I've learned more from spending a few days with an expert than I could have learned in 30 trips to the water. If the change is a little sparse ( a common affliction in these times), then the next best thing is to get on BOC and ask someone! I'll try to be brief, but I'm windy by nature, so... 30 lb. braid. 24-36 inch leader using 50 lb. mono. Some manner of circle hook (I have favorites, but use what you like) 2 oz. drift sinker (I'll try to post a picture of one) snapped to swivel ring closest to the reel. foam line float on leader approx. 6 inches from hook. You can wind drift or troll depending on conditions and topography. In a smaller, narrower reservoir such as Coralville, we find that a trolling motor is a must. Auto-pilot trolling motor is optional but it will make your life much easier (and, in fact, you can troll in certain conditions with a auto-pilot that would be impossible without) In a larger reservoir such as Red Rock, it's much easier to wind drift with a drift sock. I have a wind sock that I ordered from catfishsafari.com. I think Steve knows about a lady in a cave somewhere...they give her nuts and berries and she produces awesome drift socks. This one that I ordered costs more than others, but you can drift in a hurricane if you're stupid enough to try! As Steve always puts it, when conditions are best is when your drift sock can let you down. By letting you down, he means it won't slow you down enough for effective drifting. Anyway, the ultimate goal is to move your bait (if I can't get fresh shad, I'll probably stay home) across the bottom at between 0.5 and 1.0 mph. While it's nice to have a GPS for speed, you can actually get a feel for your speed just by watching the world around you, especially how your poles act. Lot's of guys ask if they can use mono for drifting. The answer is yes but you won't catch nearly as many fish. Dragging a bait with mono is like tying your bait to a rubber band. Your bait sits still while the line stretches. When all the stretch is out, your bait "snaps" forward like a doggone grasshopper and scares the bejeezus out any channel cats in the area. Maybe I'm exaggerating a little. Just try to imagine how your bait is moving. If it ain't smooth and steady, it ain't working as well as it might. There ya go. Now quit fartin around reading about fishing on the internet and get out there and do it! Mike. P.S. The picture is of a ready made sinker. We actually make ours out of 8 1/4 oz. eggs tied to a small snap/swivel.