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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GOOD. Water Stained; 50 degrees; 2.26 feet below pool. Bass fishing has slowed after the recent cold fronts and you need to be very slow in your approach. Squarebill crankbaits and rattletraps are fair in 3-5 feet of water along the edge of grass. Texas rigs and Carolina rigs are best along the edge of grass as well in 3-7 feet of water. Suspending jerkbaits is starting to work as the water temperatures decline. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Fall weather has arrived so fish will start to prepare for cold weather. Black bass are moving deep for the winter. Cast clousers, ned rigs, and large worm patterns in flooded tree tops near creeks and deep water ledges. Crappie are moving out to the open water in 30 plus feet of water biting small jig patterns. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork continues to be as good as ever. Look for fish in big numbers moving as they head toward the deep water winter pattern. Look for timber along main lake creek channels in 28-40 feet right now for numbers of fish and some big fish mixed in. Minnows will work well but they are biting small hand tied jigs and larger plastic baits as well now that the surface water temps have dropped. We are still seeing some fish on brush and lay downs from time to time. Bridged have been up and down the last few weeks but they can be worth checking out for numbers of black crappie. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

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