Fly fishing for bass
Hi there! Does anybody do any fly fishing for bass? I'm thinking about taking fly fishing lessons, and where I live the closest trout pond is a couple hours away. I'm thinking about targeting bass with a fly rod.
As my name suggests I LOVE wacky rigging, but I'm always looking for a new method to catch bass, largemouth and small.
I enjoy bass fishing enough to travel 2000 miles to do it (smallmouth). Fun is where you find it. Maybe your bass won't get as many likes on instagram as a big brownie, but I'd pity the guy who cares. With bass you're adapting to habitat, I haven't found them to be too particular about the fly. Cover water, explore, and take notes. Every body of water has it's own challenges. I will say that a black EP minnow with blue flash seems to be pretty irresistible no matter where I fish.
Bass are an aggressive fighter and must be approached differently than a trout when using fly tackle. Anglers not used to bass, or not used to fly fishing, may have a hard time hooking and landing them, especially when fishing around the heavy cover where they live. This section will discuss the fighting methods that help fly anglers hook the fish, keep them on the line, and bring more of them to hand.
Developing a good hook set is paramount if you want to catch bass on a fly rod. Bass have big mouths and hard, bony jaws that make them tough to hook with long, limber fly rods. Instead of lifting the rod to set the hook, as is common with conventional bass fishing, fly fishers use a technique called the strip set to achieve the power needed to penetrate the bass’ bony jaw.
When you feel or see a strike, give a hard, long pull on the fly line with the rod tip pointed right at the fish. The direct connection will give you the most possible power on your hook set and will work much better than using the soft spongy tip of the fly rod. It may be necessary to follow up with one or two more pulls to make sure the hook is firmly seated.
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Smallie hunting is my number one pursuit I've probably caught thousands in my life..If I went to a one fly contest for Smallmouth it would be a ribbit strip leech with rubber legs.A wooly **** variation with rubber legs is good to.Followed by Sculpins,Rabbit tail HalfNHalf,Crayfish.All of these work.Rubber legs are your friend put them in everything except for minnow patterns.My Sculpin patterns now have rubber pectoral fins in them.These pictures are rather poor...Sorry don't know how resize them..
I would really love to take a shot at Florida Largies but love the beach fishing too much.Fla. lakes would be perfect for fly fishing they are mostly shallow.