On the Tennessee, if I am fishing below G Dam, I drift three off the stern. The two outside rods are my long lines and the center one I short cast or drop it vertically just off the bottom. The center one actually catches more fish. I guess that's because it is the first one the cats find.
If I'm further downstream, I put out drift socks to drift broadside and fish 4 rods. It also depends on how much water is being released. Anything over 30k and I just fish from the stern only.
If I actually fish the lake, I always use drift socks and fish four rods. I alternate between long and short casts. Seems I have fewer lines crossed/tangled when I do it that way.
Kirk Long (Kikr) March 4, 1959 - June 19, 2009
I guess the Lord needed a fishing buddy more than me.