Flyfishing for Bass
Inside the Outdoors, July 14,
2017

Last week, no sooner did I step into the best computer repair store Latrobe has to offer, did one of the owners jump up and state I have something to show you. Knowing of my fishing reputation around Latrobe, the Main Street entrepreneur headed for the showcase. On the bottom shelf she reached for a box and brought it to the counter. Inside the see-through container was a “mouse fly.”

Referencing the tier, she stated, “He probably gave it to us because of the correlation of the mouse and computers. As you see, we get all kinds of gifts!” That was obvious.

All of a sudden a little bell went off in my head, “Why not write a story about flies used for bass fishing. After all, I’ve always dwelled on trout and the imitations used for them.”

Another thought struck me. Where did I learn to fish and how big were the bass? The answers are Armagh at a farmer’s pond, and whoppers, fourteen inches on up. Of course, I caught my fill of blue gill as well.

The first question one has to ask is, “What is native to that compound? I can think of one four-legged jumper that quickly comes to mind – frogs.

There is any number of frog flies on the market today. It’s all in the presentation whether one will attract those big fellows. One gentleman told me he uses a subsurface imitation tied with a weighted sculpin helmet head and green fur leg strips. He bounces and sinks it on the bottom. “It looks like a fleeing frog,” he stated.

Another popular fly for these underwater species is the crayfish. Tied various ways, it will attract large or smallmouth bass particular if it enters the territory of either of the two different kinds of bass.

I read an article one time that one can’t go wrong fishing with a Wooly Bugger in any color.

Put on the thinking cap and continue to tickle the brain with what else is found around ponds? The answer, for one, is grasshoppers. If one figures the property around ponds is where these elongated flying insects propagate, then it goes without saying occasionally one gets too close to the water’s surface or shoreline and finds itself afloat, desperate for another chance at life only to be gulped up by a waiting fish.

Other fly imitations that are good for bass are: Beetles, Damsel Nymphs, Bead Head Nymphs, Snow Shoe Emergers, Bass Bug Streamers and the Coyote Diver.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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