Monday, June 17, 2013
I'm taking suggestions for Bass Flies.
I went out and had a great time at my first fishing tournament. Even though I was the only fly fisherman there, everyone was welcoming and we had a good time talking about what we enjoy most - fishing. Although I didn't land any fish, it was an amazing day. The lake was glass smooth, light rain and clouds kept the day overcast. I did see fish but they had lock jaw. I began with a popper but the fish did nothing but slash at it or stare at it. Streamers attracted attention but were not tempting enough. Three was the largest count caught. Other folks mentioned it was a lousy outing.
I used sinking line, floating line, weighted flies, poppers and articulated meaty bugs. A bass followed my fly with his mouth right on the tail end! Even the panfish followed the flies about a foot behind. Small bass were soft striking streamers as they slowly sank. I haven't been to this lake in ages but perhaps it was some sort of post-spawn activity??
Anyways, I'm taking input on flies folks use for largemouth bass. I do fairly well on impoundments but maybe I'm just missing that little something. One of my faults yesterday was that I didn't cover much water. I also stuck with a certain fly way too long. Only 10 fly patterns were used in 6 hours of fishing.
Leave a comment with a bass pattern that is productive for you.
On a good note, another fly fisherman (Freshly) took a smallmouth bass on my Shucker fly pattern.