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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FAIR. Water Stained; 56-59 degrees; 5.47 feet below pool. Fork had a warmer early week but dropped off in temperature and so the bite went with it for the most part. The shallow fish were on spinnerbaits and chatterbaits early in the week in 3-5 feet of water. Texas rigs and Viper XP jigs were doing good on docks with brush in 4-7 feet of water. Black and blue and green pumpkin were the best colors. Still had a few catches on squarebills in red and orange in 4-6 feet along creeks, but with the weather getting colder that should drop-off. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Black bass are beginning the early stages of pre-spawn. Try slow moving suspending streamers and sculpin patterns in 5-7 feet of water. Crappie will be moving shallow in the next few weeks. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Crappie are really good around deep main lake timber in 38-56 feet along creek channels. Fish have been a little more scattered the past week, so it is necessary to cover more water to catch limits. Seeing big white crappie mixed in with lots of smaller black crappie. Minnows will work very well and small soft plastics and hand ties are working well. Best colors for my boat have been purple and chartreuse. Getting good reports of brush pile fish biting as in 20-30 feet. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service.

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