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 (Jun. 22)

GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.99 feet low. The crappie bite on Lake Fork has been just a little bit finicky this past week. Best depths have been 13-23 feet with fish in brush and suspended on laydowns and trees, or holding on the bottom of underwater bridges and road beds. Minnows are still the go to bait and the smaller the minnows the better for finicky fish. Same goes for your hand ties and soft plastics. Downsizing can make the difference between a slow day and a stellar day in the heat of the summer. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Bass are good with 3/4 ounce shaky heads or football jigs in green pumpkin and orange or June bug in 14-25 feet of water off drop-offs or channel swings. Carolina rigs are good in the same areas with a 10 inch blue fleck or LFT ring fry in bluegill color good in 15-25 feet of water. Deep crankbaits are decent over long points and channel swings. DD -22 in chartreuse and blue, TW Ghost chartreuse and blue good over 18-23 feet. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro.

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