Is it possible to catch smallmouth bass when fly fishing?

Is it possible to catch smallmouth bass when fly fishing?

It is very possible to catch smallmouth bass when fly fishing. In fact, fly fishing for bass has proven just as effective as any other of the more tried and true means of fishing for them. Consider using about a nine foot, six weight fly rod with a number two sink line, a Woolly Bugger fly in olive and black, and a six pound tapered leader. Cast about fifteen feet in front of yourself, and, keeping the flyline almost vertical, troll the fly as slowly as you possibly can. Just be sure to fish the correct depth for your target fish, and make sure there is bottom structure where you cast your line. June is the prime season for fishing for smallmouth bass. Concentrate on the shallows (from eight to fifteen feet deep) in standing water at this time of the year. In June, move to even more shallow depths. Sometimes, in the month of June, you will find all the smallmouth you can catch in only a few feet of water. This is generally the beginning of the spawning season for smallmouth. When the water begins to cool down, around the months of September, the smallmouth will begin to move into the deeper water once more. The reason being that they are seeking the more oxygen rich areas at this time. Concentrate on bottom structure like logs, rocky structure, stumps, and drop offs. If you fly fish the proper depth with the right cover, there is no reason you can’t take home your limit of smallmouth every time you go out!


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