Catching Black Bass on the Fly

Anyone that enjoys fishing with light tackle will enjoy catching fish with a flyrod. This is ultimately what brought me to the sport. Experienced fishermen know that when fish are pressured lighter tackle and quieter presentations can make the difference between a day catching and a day just fishing. My 1st warm water fish on a flyrod came when I saw a carp feeding near the surface in the middle of a hot day on a large lake. As fast as I could I tied a hopper on my fly rod and cast it towards the marauding carp. The fish turned and took the fly, and the fight was on. From that day forward I always kept a flyrod ready to go. 

What started as a part time distraction, keeping a fly rod with my bass rods in my boat, eventually turned into a full-blown passion, keeping ONLY flyrods in my boat. Teaching myself to cast proficiently and learning how to tie flies. Change can be scary especially when we’ve done things the same way all our lives. Using a different technique than everyone else not only sets you apart from the crowd but presents a whole new look for the fish. This also invites sometimes bizarre comments from other fishermen. “You catch anything with that thing?” “Nope just working on my tan”

Can you catch a big bass with a fly rod, you betcha. Learning to fight and land big fish with light tackle can make a huge difference with conventional fishing as well. Having the ability and experience to land a large fish with a fly rod will teach you how to play and control the fish and that can make a huge difference regardless of the gear you’re using. I once landed a 10 ½ lb. bass on a spinning rod with 8 lb. test line and I credit my fly-fishing experience with knowing how to be patient with that big fish and land it.

It’s not unusual to have several fish following my fly at once, mostly curious about this strange looking thing swimming over their head. A thing that they’ve never seen before, gracefully gliding through their zone enticing and tempting at the same time much like the real fish they feed on. A fly made of fibers is totally different than a lure made of plastic and metal, not only when it hits the water but also when it is retrieved through the water. The satisfaction of catching a fish with a fly I’ve created is worth every trip. The joy of helping my clients catch fish with flies I’ve created is thrilling.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 22)

GOOD. Water Stained; 55-62 degrees; 1.64 feet below pool. The cold front dropped the water temperature down 10 degrees in some areas slowing the bass bite. Use a slow bait presentation with Texas rigs, baby brush hogs or beaver type baits on the outside edge of the grass. Darker colored baits like V & M chopsticks in Texas smoke have been fair in 3-6 feet. Look for the bite to improve by the weekend as the water temperature warms and bass return to beds. Frogs and baits worked on top of the grass and in the pockets of grass should be great by the weekend. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Cooler weather is affecting the movement of the black bass, as the water cools the females are not committing to the beds, but as the water warms activity will increase. Search warmer clearer water in the backs of coves and creeks for active fish. Crappie are beginning to move towards the banks, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet. Carp and gar are spawning in shallow water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork is getting really hot. Seeing great numbers and lots of big fish each day. The fish are making huge moves shallow this week and will for the next month. Areas in 2-13 feet are finally beginning to see more fish that are spawning. The 14-32 feet staging areas are also still loaded with fish and reloading daily now. Seeing lots of fish roaming in open water but the best luck is still coming on fish on timber or brush. Small hand tied jigs in chartreuse or orange are getting crushed right now, and you can still catch fish well on soft plastics and minnows. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service. The crappie are biting in the main creek channels about halfway back in the creek. With the cooler weather most of the crappie are laying on the bottom. Once the sun comes out fish suspend up in the water column around 15 feet. Success with Snacky lures FS200 matched with the eye hole jig or crappie

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