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There's a little place I know...
Okay, an interesting twist -- I just learned that the minimum legal size on smallmouth and largemouth bass  is 14", which is about the largest bass I've ever seen in this lake. So it's not even l
fishing report, Biscayne nights - Everglades days, 16 June
We switched over to fly fishing gear this week and found a few fish on each outing.  Early in the week I had Benjamin Vial aboard to fish for tarpon at night locally in Biscayne Bay.  Ben is
Smallmouth time, my favorite
Had a nice float down the Flat River, a great smallmouth river in West Michigan. Caught bass steadily all day long, most in the 12-14" range. Since the river is so broad and the current mostly gentle,
best flies for small lake in late summer
I'll disagree with Mike on water temperatures on Canadian Lakes in the summer.  I've gone to a lake in Northern Ontario, 8 hour drive north of Toronto, mainly in mid to late July and seldom has t
Some time on the river
      Very peaceful & foggy daybreak on the river this morning. Leaving here in a few hours to go to the cabin and open it up for the summer. Probably sneak down to the river at the
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
Thanks Mike for not only hosting but also tying the set I received. I fish for smallmouth at least twice a week all summer so theyll get plenty of use. Hopefully I can get some pics of them in small
Hello from Canada
I've been lurking for a while and thought it was about time to say hello. I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada. I've fished all my life, but only began fly fishing about 5 or 6 years ago, and just took up tyi
Kits aren't a bad way to go when getting started. I know some who say stay away from kits, the materials aren't the greatest. I agree on that point but you won't b e tying presentation flies to start.
I have an Orvis Depth Charge on my 6 wgt.  I used it a lot up in Ontario when fishing for smallmouth and pike.  I normally cast and retrieve with it.  A couple of times I've used while
April Flies From The Vise
These are tied from extra pieces of material that I received in the mop piece swap.  Can't remember what it's called, maybe someone in the swap can refresh my memory.  Figure it would make a
Question re spun and stacked deer hair
the history of Taps Bug is about smallmouth fishing, no?
Nice bugs! I like your method for making the eyes, too. Very cool. I'm going to tie some of those up -- I know some smallmouth that will clobber them. :)
Purple and Pink stimulator type of nymphs
Pink has always been a good color for me for all baits and fish over the years, particularly for smallmouth bass. Purple has always been a go to color in dark water or on dark days. Certainly not anyt
Jig Patterns
Use standard cheapie marabou crappie jigs often in the river for bluegill, smallmouth and google eye..With a WF8F I use 1/16 oz as often as not and have used 1/8oz. Simple Marabou tail and chenile bod
Dubby Bunny
This fly is one that a friend showed me a while back.  In fact you saw me fish with him this past summer.  Kyle is his name, and he is the one who took me out on his bass boat to fly fish fo
Spawning season
i think the bass up here can spawn at lower temperatures and aren,t bothered by fronts as much as florida bass and smallmouth less so, but they both like sunshine..
Northern New England in mid-August--worth it?
I've fished south central Vermont, Ludlow  and Plymouth(birthplace of Calvin Coolidge) area for many years during the late spring and through the summer.   I've caught trout in July and
Catfish on the fly
It's pretty routine to catch channel cats while smallmouth fishing. Flatheads are a different story. I accidentally catch channels all the time. Like fisherboy says, they can be very agreeable to almo
looking for user reviews (vest vs. sling pack)
flyty1 I hear you -- I've had several vests that I liked over the years myself--very traditional ones from Bass Pro, and more tech-y ones made of super lightweight materials with special yokes for pro
Rivers to salt
Hi - I live and fish in New York state.. spring is trout in creeks, summer is smallmouth in rivers and lakes, and in the fall - salmon and steelhead in the tributaries. I mostly flyfish all the above,
February Flies from the Vise
Made these for smallmouth in the Finger Lakes of New York. First time trying out Surface Seducer 'double-barreled' popper bodies by Flymen. Won't know how they fish for a few months yet.
Guess what....a 2wt
that,s interesting Steve..i really enjoy bluegill fishing with a 4# rod, so i tried a 3# rod..what a difference 20 grains makes..i did not like it at the slightest wind you had to back off y
Any of you kayak guys have thoughts about the Anchor Wizard?
I know a few people who have the Anchor Wizard. The real advantage of this system is when fishing lakes or ponds that are real deep. Easier to crank the anchor up than trying to pull it up from 30 to
It’s Popper Time again
Philly and Mike, thank you for the info. Good advice and insights, have several long Winter months here to work and experiment. Have lot of foams, propellers, balsa, basswood, tiny spin blades; even
Stocker trout
Ah, this discussion just in time for trout camp! Camping and fishing to rainbows and browns for 5 days this week in southeast OK. In Oklahoma you have winter time put and take fisheries, where the tro
December flies from the Vise
Interesting! Any other big smallmouth flies tied this month?
hello all from ohio
Hello,           Ive lurked here for awhile,  finally joined. Been Fly Fishing and tying right close to 30 years now. Awesome sport and hobby. I mainly target the Brown T
Fast Action Rod?
In what way did the fast action rod feel better? What casting experience provides you with a baseline for judging rods? Not trying to pick at you or your question (which is a good one), just trying
November Flies from the Vise
Recipe, please.   scorpio   (i omitted rubber legs)
Show Us Your Tube Flies
Here's a different take on tube flies.   I tied them up a couple of years ago.  The picture quality is hit and miss and so are the flies.  I've used them a couple of times.  T
Fly Tying Events
pat cohen is coming to the early show nov 12 in oakbrook il    sponsored by illinois smallmouth alliance and drift
Bass fly line question
You said the S/T line that you have has been working for you, so, if it was me, I wouldn't spend the money on another sink tip unless it was going to do something that the current one doesn't, e.g. si
What flies to start with?
Where can you find lake trout within 1 or 2 hours of Philadelphia? I've lived and fished my entire life in this area and Don't know of a single lake close to philly with lake trout. I assume you are t
Crazy Dad With Under Water Footage
This small crawdad streamer works so well, I was catching fish I want even targeting with it.  I went out fishing for carp, and got a carp and even some smallmouth bass.  In fact, the carp I
Materials List for a Beginner
I’m  new to the Fly Tying Forum and  I’m very new to fly tying and fly fishing for that matter.  I started tying flies just a few weeks ago.  Right now I have a very ba
Couple days on the Au Sable
Spent a couple days back up on the Au Sable with my fishing buddy Mark. Had a great time as always. Nothing overly big this time but some decent 12"-14" trout and a wide variety of species on the spey
Swap fly caught fish pictures,
From my first swap a year ago.   2nd Annual Largemouth/ Smallmouth..As long as it floats swap.   Dorado. bentwing.  jjs89y.  Mandog.    The last two were caught today on
Nymph or Flymph or Soft hackle wet fly
What differentiates the three. What would you call this, besides ugly.  I've noticed some fairly large mayfies, I believe they are Isonychia, on a local river. I'm going out this evening to try t
Thousands of 10-pound Atlantic salmon were accidentally released
blah blah blah.    Turns out even the ecosystem-destroying northern snakehead is having next to no quantifiable impact in the waterways it is inhabiting- tidal reaches of the Potomac, e
I catch more bass on this pattern than any other topwater -- it produces good fish from April through October here in Michigan. It kind of splits the difference between poppers and divers--it gives no
Substitution for a new, old fly pattern
I get what you are doing. I to like to tie some of the old patterns. But some of what I have tied substitution was a must because some materials can't be had or are very difficult to obtain. I even li
Sage Bass rod....
the sage bass rod i have is the "largemouth" and it came with 330 grain line (roughly 10 wt)   no model number but it does have a serial number             there w
Spike fly
Here are the materials for "Spike".   Hook: Mustad 3366 Size 2 Body: Spun and clipped natural deer hair Hackle: one or two natural red or black rooster palmered Legs: 4 or six white rubber  
The value of the roll cast
Well the wet test definitely changed things. I Got some good casts but a lot of weird ones too. I think for one thing the overall leader is too long and I'm punching the rod too hard. Can't tell if th
Sculpin are a very popular food source for trout, specifically steelhead and large brown trout.  Basically any trout that has become predatory seeking out baitfish for food.  They also work
U.P. Trip Report (photo heavy)
My dad and I took a trip to the U.P. when I had my learner's permit too, and I remember the wide open spaces of hwy 2 very well. Those waterfall pics bring back memories, although we never found any
Maggie valley Trip report.
But in similar conditions, both trout and Bluegill (Sunfish in general) can be equally easy to catch ... or equally difficult.   Absolutely true.  I've had days in high mountain streams
is tenkara catching on?
It's all good natured fun Rick. I consider myself an angler and enjoy many varied angling opportunities from fly fishing to spin fishing, bait fishing, chunking catfish and stripers and ice fishing. I
Au Sable 2017 vacation
Back from 2 weeks on the Au Sable. Fishing was up & down but put in a lot of hours and managed some really nice smallmouth. Will have tons more pics to upload later but for now here's the two big
Great day at the pond
Well I got out and had a banner morning. I did take the flyrod but my boat is not conducive to fly fishing so I quickly went to the spin gear. I'm gonna have to get a stripping basket for the boat. Hi
Crayfish Bunny Bugger
Nice bugger! I'll have to tie a couple for my smallmouth trip next weekend. Thanks for posting it.
Rigging For Pike
When I go up to Northern Ontario, I'm in the same situation.  The lake's known for it's walleye and smallmouth but it does have a good population of pike.  My main target with the fly rod is
Sparkle Clouser
There are so many variations of the clouser minnow, its hard to keep track of them all.  One of my favorites though is this sparkle clouser.  Especially when I have fish that are super aggre
Bass Bonanza!
Kyle took me out fishing again on his boat and wow!  We had a blast!  Caught fish non stop!  Most of them smallmouth bass, however we caught 5 different species.  Smallmouth bass,
Redeye Bass = patterns and info.
Common names can be confusing, with similar or identical names applied to different species.  What I think you're referring to as redeye (or Coosa bass- M. coosae) look a little bit like a s
Catching fish with my beard!
Many people have already asked me to tie a fly with my beard hair, so here it is!  I cut some hair from my beard, then tied a clouser minnow with it.  I even went out and tested it on the wa
Is there really a wrong way to tie a fly?
Something to remember, too, about established patterns is that they, like so many other patterns, were often informed as much by what materials the original tier had on hand as anything else. A good e
Not a video fail, Anecdote
One of the first flys I tied was the zug bug. I found that "old series" {must have been from at least the eighties} The Anglers Art with Dave Engebretson and Leroy Hyatt. I set the tablet up on the je
Jeff Creamer deer hair spook?
Creamer, When you do work up a smaller version for late evening smallmouth and LM, please post details. Regards, FKu
What is your favorite fly pattern?
Since I spend most of my time fishing for river smallmouth I'm going with the clouser. One of my favorites to tie as well since it's quick, simple, inexpensive material and eternally customizable.
Point Up Laser Bunny
This fly really is awesome!  Kyle was fishing this fly last time we went out fishing for smallmouth, and he got quite a few on it.  Also, while I was snagging up a few times, he didnt snag o
S.B.B. (Smallmouth Bunny Bugger)
There is no question that the wooly bugger is an effective and versatile fly.  This is a variation of it that I find make it more effective for targeting bass.  While I have used it for larg
Fish Car Project Part 2
I'll be at the cabin with the family for my annual 2 week Au Sable trip the middle two weeks of July. If you find yourself in the Glennie/Oscoda area during that time frame let me know and we'll hook
Smallmouth On The Fly
Smallmouth Bass are scrappy fighters that are willing to eat a large variety of baits.  They are fun to catch with conventional gear, and an absolute blast on a fly rod.  Especially when fis
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