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Favorite bass flies?

Postby BiggerThomas on June 22nd, 2016, 9:15 am

What's your favorite bass fly? I'm looking for suggestions from experience. Thanks.
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby MR.MCR on June 22nd, 2016, 10:55 am

poppers.......
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Pete on June 22nd, 2016, 11:11 am

Depends on the waterbody, what's the predominant forage fish?
For instance:
Lake George - Kinnebago Smelt, or Gray Ghost
Most NJ ponds - Yellow perch or Gerbubble
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Paul W on June 22nd, 2016, 1:07 pm

A black woolly bugger is a good one.
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby BiggerThomas on June 23rd, 2016, 7:06 am

Pete wrote:Depends on the waterbody, what's the predominant forage fish?
For instance:
Lake George - Kinnebago Smelt, or Gray Ghost
Most NJ ponds - Yellow perch or Gerbubble



I'm not sure about the forage fish but that's a good suggestion for a strategy. As a starter, I'll try poppers & wooly buggers the next time I'm out. I've also had luck with Madam X flies...
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby BiggerThomas on June 23rd, 2016, 7:13 am

Pete wrote:Depends on the waterbody, what's the predominant forage fish?
For instance:
Lake George - Kinnebago Smelt, or Gray Ghost
Most NJ ponds - Yellow perch or Gerbubble



I'm not sure about the forage fish but that's a good suggestion for a strategy. As a starter, I'll try poppers & wooly buggers the next time I'm out. I've also had luck with Madam X flies...
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Rusty Spinner on June 24th, 2016, 11:02 am

Hands down in most lakes and ponds for me is a green and yellow Dahlberg Diver. They are deer hair, float, and can be "popped" like a foam or cork popper. At night, same fly in all black. After that fly, large purple woolly buggers, several different silver sided minnows, and Clouser minnows in local colors although the old chartreuse over white always works as it does in the salt. I find smaller poppers get too much attention from sunfish. That's fine if you don't mind sunnies on a 7 or 8 weight, but when I'm after larger bass, I stay away from the small stuff.
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Rich P on June 25th, 2016, 9:14 pm

I like to use Chernobyl ants (black or lighter) and poppers. I fish in a large lake in the Catskills, usually after dinner for an hour or so. I like to have action and catch a variety of fish. For example, on Father's day weekend, I went twice and caught 4 large sunnies, i rock bass, 2 slab crappies and two smallies (10" and 14" and had 8 - 10 misses. I'll use a 6 or 7 weight rod/line. As Rusty said, you can get annoying hits from small sunnies with small or medium flies, but I still enjoy the surface activity and not knowing what you might get. Also, big sunnies can give a surprisingly good fight and they can really smack your fly.
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Skink on June 26th, 2016, 7:34 am

Rich P wrote:I like to use Chernobyl ants (black or lighter) and poppers. I fish in a large lake in the Catskills, usually after dinner for an hour or so. I like to have action and catch a variety of fish. For example, on Father's day weekend, I went twice and caught 4 large sunnies, i rock bass, 2 slab crappies and two smallies (10" and 14" and had 8 - 10 misses. I'll use a 6 or 7 weight rod/line. As Rusty said, you can get annoying hits from small sunnies with small or medium flies, but I still enjoy the surface activity and not knowing what you might get. Also, big sunnies can give a surprisingly good fight and they can really smack your fly.


Those "sunnies" and bluegill give a much better fight than most fish their size. Match the weight and fly to your target. Small ponds have a lot of action available than some of the larger lakes. I like a Tenkara Rod and a bass plug if bass are taking off the top, or sometimes a woolybugger or even hares ear nymph for bluegills.
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby BiggerThomas on June 26th, 2016, 11:12 am

I've caught some dinner-plate sized bluegill in Round Valley on a 3-wt while fishing in my kayak. A few were so strong that they actually pulled me around :lol: Tons of fun.
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Fredy on July 1st, 2016, 7:55 pm

[/quote]Tenkara Rod and a bass plug [/quote]

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm weak!! HAHAHAHA!!!!
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Pete on July 2nd, 2016, 9:26 am

Fredy wrote:
Tenkara Rod and a bass plug


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm weak!! HAHAHAHA!!!!

This is nothing new, it was used for techniques called Jiggerpoling, Skittering, and Doodlesocking.
Using a Tenkura Rod, just means you paid too much for your cane pole.

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http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010 ... 523/?print
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Fredy on July 2nd, 2016, 9:51 am

Pete wrote:
Fredy wrote:
Tenkara Rod and a bass plug


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm weak!! HAHAHAHA!!!!

This is nothing new, it was used for techniques called Jiggerpoling, Skittering, and Doodlesocking.
Using a Tenkura Rod, just means you paid too much for your cane pole.

See:
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2010 ... 523/?print



HAHAHAHAHA!!!
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Re: Favorite bass flies?

Postby Rich P on July 31st, 2016, 10:36 pm

Even though a lot of people prefer poppers, I've been catching bass on Chernobyl ants this summer. This fish was a 15" smallmouth that took one with a black underside and orange legs. On the 4th of July weekend I caught 3 lb and 2 1/2 lb largemouths on similar flies. I know they are not recording breaking fish, but Its great fun when you get one on the line. In addition, other fish will take Chernobyl ants.
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