Smallmouth Bass Fly-Fishing Tips
I use a 5 or 6 weight rod when fishing smallmouth bass along with
small flies, wet or dry and poppers.
I use a floating weight forward line with about 3 or 4' of 8 or 10 lb
Then I use a a 10 - 14 lb bite leader also made of flordacarbon. This
gives you a fighting chance at a large smallmouth of pike.
A lot of these feisty fish are wedged into cracks in the rocks, or
hiding under an overhanging branch. They lay waiting in ambush for a
falling insect or innocent passer-by. This can make it challenging yet
very rewarding to catch one of these fish.
We have a large percentage of smallmouth bass, ranging from 17 - 22'
and for these an 8 or 9 weight rod is great because it allows you to
throw larger flies and poppers. I will use 10 - 14 lb floracarbon with
about 1 foot of 20 - 25 '' bite leader.
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