Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Smallmouth sometime soon?

This year winter has more than worn out its welcome. I truly enjoy the changing of the seasons and the beauty that fall brings, and I will readily admit that I actually enjoy winter. It's the time of the year when I take a break from fly fishing for bass and turn my attention to trout... but enough is enough.

I don't often share content from other sites, but here's a great article on spring Smallmouth Bass fishing from OrvisNews.com. I say great because I think it's 100% on point, and I would agree with just about everything the author has to say. It even applies down here in the South at the southern limits of Smallmouth country. I especially agree with the author's advice on rod and tippet selection. However, I'm not really a fan of Clouser minnows or crayfish patterns, although they certainly work for some people in some places. My luck with those flies has just been very inconsistent. On the other hand, I am a huge fan of wooolly buggers and the action of their marabou tails... but I wouldn't waste my time fooling around with little ones.

Spring River Smallie taken on a "Giant" Woolly Bugger in 2010

It's been far too long since I've had a decent Smallie put a bend in a rod, but hopefully that situation will be rectified very soon.

16 comments:

  1. Here is too wishing you the best in your spring time adventures for Smallies. I don't get much opportunity to fish for Smallmouth, but, I know they are a great fighting fish on a fly rod! In addition, I love Wooly Buggers, period. May spend some time tying up some big guys if I can find some appropriate chenille or substitute.

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    1. Mel, I've heard other tyers who say they've just doubled up on the more standard sized fly tying chenille... whatever works. The hook is probably more important than the chenille. I've also used size 4 streamer hooks for the big buggers too. I like the lighter size 1 hooks that I mentioned in my "Giant Woolly Bugger" for bass because of the bigger gap on the hook. I want to see those big buggers when you tie them up.

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  2. Jay, I'm hoping you guys get out soon to whet your bassatite. In the meantime, I need a snake fix.

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    1. Howard, I like this new word you have coined..."bassatite." Can I use it without having to pay you royalties?

      Springtime is snake time too, so I guess it's time for another snake post. Thanks for pointing that out.

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  3. I'm right there with you Jay! There are a handful of creeks in the Ozarks that I'm hoping to check out this Spring. Here's to hoping that both of us get out soon and find some willing smallies!

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    1. There's a place that may be even better...and closer to the Memphis/North MS area. I'd be happy to show you sometime. Of course, there's no trout fishing nearby so there's none of that to fall back on if the bass aren't biting.

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  4. Jay
    Great article from Orvis, and yes the bugger is the attention getter of bass on the prowl, especially the spawning variety. The Spots on Smith are the closest I have come to the smallmouth; although I have heard reports of smallmouth in the lake. It would be awesome to land one. Keep the faith, you and I will have our day soon on Smith. They are generating big time right now and the tailrace and the lake are not good. I will keep you posted. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Kelly and I went to the tailrace on Sunday and caught a couple stocker Rainbows on ultralights and spinners. We weren't down there very long, but we each caught one fish. Both of them were around 12" so maybe they're stocking slightly larger fish now. I'm looking forward to things warming up and getting out on the lake with you... hopefully sooner than later.

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  5. Gonna throw some articulated flies at them soon. They are holding tight right now - up here. Things should be warming up soon though. Hoping for some pre-spawn action!!

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    1. I wish you luck my friend. I'm hoping to get in on some of that pre-spawn action too... maybe this weekend.

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  6. Nice post, I have cabin fever too!!! Can't wait for spring either and some yak fishing.

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    1. We've already had one failed attempt at yak fishing this year. Hopefully our next outing in little plastic boats will be more productive.

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  7. It feels like Spring today Jay , unfortunately we've been here before only to fall right back into winters grip. Let's hope we've seen the last of old man winter for awhile!

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    1. I certainly hope so. We had a whole bunch of spring-like days scattered throughout the winter here in Alabama. They were only a tease though. The water temps were still too cold, and they didn't last. Spring needs to get here and stay for a while.

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  8. I'm hoping to expand my fly fishing a bit this year from mostly trout, I'll definitely check out the article. Winter sure has worn out it's welcome here also but it seems that the tide is finally turning.

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    1. This weekend was the first that felt like spring had finally arrived... unfortunately, that included a healthy dose of spring rains.

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