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.