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Largemouth Bass

Fly Fishing for Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass, or the "Green Trout", are becoming a popular target for freshwater fly anglers. This is for very good reasons; bass are a great fish for the fly rod. Bass live handily in many areas and conditions. Secondly, bass are a prize fish and a worthy adversary for the fly angler. Pound for pound bass fight harder and longer than any trout except for the very largest ones.


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Largemouth Bass, or the "Green Trout", is becoming a popular target for freshwater fly anglers. This is for very good reasons; bass are a great fish for the fly rod. Bass live handily in the warm and/or dirty water that would be unsuitable for trout and other cold water fish. This makes them plentiful for those of us out of convenient range of a cool mountain stream. Secondly, bass are a prize fish and a worthy adversary for the fly angler. Pound for pound bass fight harder and longer than any trout except for the very largest ones.

Bass fishing has everything trout fishing has including impressive top water action, long and tough fights, and very respectable fish. The author feels that bass fishing may be a tougher mind game than trout fishing. Much as you would anticipate where a trout lies, you must similarly anticipate where a bass lies in ambush. The angler must be as careful, quiet, and patient (if not more so) as he would be with trout. Bass on flies is not as popular as trout largely because it has been hyped to the level of trout has been.

Bass flies are often very large [See: Art1, Art2]. Deer hair is very common due to this size. Poppers are also very common. Bass, especially large bass, love big morsels such as a mouse or frog crossing the water. Terrestrials are also a productive largemouth fly. They will also take small to medium flies as well. The author commonly catches bass on the same flies and nymphs that he would use for trout, pike, and other fish. Small flies are effective but they also attract small bluegills and the such. This can A mouse fly for Largemouth Bass Fishingbe frustrating when in search mode but fun in other situations. As an example, Woolly buggers are easy to cast, a mainstay in your trout box, and very effective for bass as it is for other species of fish. Weed guards may help you depending on where and how you bass fish [See: Art1].
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You don't really need anything different than your regular trout gear to fly fish for large mouth bass. Even your trout flies will work nicely although there are some you might add to the mix. A 6wt to 9wt fly rod is pretty typical for a bass rod. Please remember you may often be casting larger flies so don't go under powered. My eight weight steelhead rod is probably the one I use most often, but I use both smaller and larger rods. You will certainly benefit from casting practice with the bigger flies. Double-tapered lines are common but there are definite benefits to a specialty bass tapered line or similar weight-forward line. This choice is both personal and economic. Most bass, regardless of size, can be cast to from 20 to 50 feet, as long as you are being very quiet on the water. A six to nine foot leader that matches the fly is typical.

The best bass fishing occurs when water temperatures are between 67 and 80 degrees F [See: Art1, Art2]. Both hotter and colder water will slow feeding significantly.

 

Bass Bug Basics -
Simple Techniques for Tying Deer Hair Flies
John Likakis is a longtime bass bug tier. He is the former editor of Warmwater Fly Fishing and American Angler magazines, and has contributed hundreds of articles to fishing magazines ranging from American Angler to Florida Sportsman. Bass Bug Basics centers around deer hair bugs; the most valuable material for bass. Bass Bug Basics shows you how to tie deer-hair bugs simply but productively. Bass Bug Basics has clear and easy-to-follow instructions and comprehensive step-by-step photographs. It walks you through basics flies for the beginner to many advanced bass flies.
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Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser
DVD on Fly Fishing for Bass
Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser represent well over a century of bass catching experience between them. They have tested virtually every kind of tackle and lure available during the past 50 years. Not surprisingly, their favorite method of catching bass is fly fishing, and their expertise in this area is unparalleled.
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Irish Jim's Choice of Flies
Largemouth Bass Selection 1
This is a great selection of largemouth bass flies tied by one of the best fly fishermen in NC. Each assortment has 12 flies: 1 Mega Diver Orange/Black size 1/0, 1 Brown Mouse/Rat size 2, 1 Rabbit Strip Diver Yellow and Black 4, 2 Rabbit Strip Diver Purple sized 1/0 and 2, 2 Rabbit Strip Diver Chartreuse and Yellow size 1/0 and 2, 2 Mullet Sucker Rabbit Strip Diver size 1/0 and 2, 1 Deer Hair Bass Bug Green and White size 2 or 4, 1 Deer Hair Bass Bug Porkeeys Pet size 2 or 4, and 2 Zonkers. These flies will work for both small and large mouth bass, as well as northern pike and pickeral plus others.
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CF Design Fly Boxes
CF1500 Streamer Box
Perfect for streamers and larger flies. 2 facing Micro-Slit foam faces. Will hold 90 flies. Small holes help locate Micro-Slits. Color: White. 4.88" x 1.25" x 3.70" (124mm x 32mm x 94mm)
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RIO Fly Fishing Leaders
Trout Knotless Tapered
Each RIO Powerflex knotless tapered leader is designed for superb abrasion-resistance as well as high knot and tensile strength. The long, thick butt design provides smooth turnover while the supple tippet gives the fly life-like presentation. The light gray color is the most neutral and integrates visually with any background for perfect camouflage. All Trout leaders have a perfection loop on the butt.
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