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Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing

Smallmouth bass are very popular gamefish and are "ounce for ounce and pound for pound one of the gamest fish that swims". Smallmouth are also good table fare although many of today's anglers practice catch-and-release fishing to improve fish populations. Smallmouth on fly is increasingly popular.

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Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui) is a popular recreational fish sought by anglers in much of North American. Smallmouth were native to the Mississippi basin but have been introduced to many cold water rivers. Smallmouth BassBeautiful Smallmouth Bass about to be ReturnedMale smallmouth tend toward two pounds and females range up to six pound. Southerly fisheries often yield heavier fish due to the growing season.

Smallmouth prefer cooler water temperatures than largemouth bass. They also more prefer oxygen rich running waters. Smallmouth are relatively intolerant of polluted waters yet more adaptable than most trout species. Smallmouth are heavy carnivorous and go after crayfish, insects, smaller fish, and other foods.

Smallmouth bass are very popular gamefish and are "ounce for ounce and pound for pound one of the gamest fish that swims". Smallmouth are also good table
I like 5-7 wt rods that are 9'ish foot long for Smallmouth Bass. Echo and Aleka both make fine fine rods in this size range. The reels are good too.

Rio, Teeny, and Airflo Fly Lines all have specialized fly lines and leaders if you feel like you need them. We will continue to have and offer new Smallmouth Bass flies in our fly shop.
fare although many of today's anglers practice catch-and-release fishing to improve fish populations. They can be caught on a wide range of natural and artificial baits and lures including crank baits, spinner baits, buzz baits, and plastic jerk baits. Natural baits are also very productive. Spinning tackle such as 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 foot, medium-fast action rod with 6 to 8 pound line being common

Smallmouth on fly is increasingly popular. A #5 to #7 weight fly rod is common with either a floating or sink-tip line is common. Lake anglers may want a more quickly sinking line. Smallmouth will readily come to a variety of flies, nymphs, and streamers. Smallmouth are crazy about crayfish and leeches. Top water popper fly patterns are also common.

Fly Fishing DVD
Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass
You really haven't experienced the true joy of fly fishing until you've hooked a great smallmouth. Many anglers ignore bass on a fly rod and just go for trout, but they are cheating themselves because bass are easier to catch, they are less picky, and there are more streams loaded with bass. In this DVD legendary fly fishing instructor, Harry Murray, shares with you his strategies, tips and tricks for catching smallmouth bass. As you see Harry fishing on picture perfect streams he explains how to read the water, choose the right fly and present the fly so the smallmouth can't resist it. He provides detailed information about swimming streamers, fishing riffles, dead drift nymphing, swing nymphing, sliding poppers and presenting the dry fly. Both beginners and seasoned veterans will find this DVD useful.
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DVD In Search of Smallmouth Bass
an In-Fisherman Film
A Smallmouth Action Spectacular! Find out how to locate big smallmouth in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. North America's top trophy smallmouth waters are revealed including specific location principles for these fantastic fisheries.
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Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser
DVD on Fly Fishing for Bass
Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser represent well over a century of bass catching experience between them. They have tested virtually every kind of tackle and lure available during the past 50 years. Not surprisingly, their favorite method of catching bass is fly fishing, and their expertise in this area is unparalleled.
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DVD Bass The Movie
a Film by Jamie Howard
Bass: The Movie begins with George Perry's world-record bass in 1930s rural Georgia. Then, journeys to modern day to visit with pro anglers like Kevin VanDam, Ish Monroe, and Mike Iaconelli. You'll discover where the bass bug first caught them. California conventional rod pros join in a quest for trophy bass on the same boat with fly-rod pros, as they share secrets and a brand-new look at the sport. The anglers you'll meet along the way are as varied as the waters you'll visit: Bass Elite Series anglers, line-class world record holder Raymond Easley, fly-rod world-record holder larry Kurosaki, Delta bass pro and gudie Bobby Barrack, Delta fly-rod pro and guide Kevin Doran, SoCal guide and bass pro Makr Mitrany, and one inveterate angler who loads up his truck and goes in search of time on the water with all of them: John Sherman. Disc 2: Includes a candid first-time lifetime retrospective interview with fishing legend Bill Dance. Interview spans childhood and the challenges he has faced in life and career and humor about fellow pro anglers. Disc also includes deleted fishing scenes and how-to tips from pros on their home waters.
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