Just as it does when you’re dunking a 12-inch live sucker for flatheads, or chucking trout-size swimbaits for huge bass, success with heavy browns on big stickbaits largely revolves around location and maneuverability. Trying to cover every piece of a mile-long stretch of river is quite often a waste of time and energy, at least on foot. You want to drop that king-size meal in water that you feel is high-percentage. If nothing happens, boogie to the next spot you feel good about. Sometimes that means taking a long walk, but it can also entail a drive. I’ve hiked to a spot, made 10 casts, then hopped in the truck and driven 2 miles upstream before wetting a line again. And therein lies the beauty of the stickbait approach: You can make a long day out of it, working as many likely spots as you can, or hit one or two spots for 30 minutes. With cloudy skies and good water conditions, I’m all about the full-day hunt, but if I can’t swing it, I’ve caught just as many nice browns hitting some close, easy-access spots for a while at sunup or sundown. Those fish might have seen 10,000 in-line spinners and mealworms, but they don’t see many Rogues.