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Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass: Overlooked and Underrated

Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is an outstanding way to get on the water and here are some considerations for rod setup and fly types.

Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is a great way to wet your line in-between pursuing those elusive trout but there are some definite points you will want to consider that will make your gear more effective.

Wildwood Float Trips, a Minnesota-based, Orvis-endorsed outfitter, gives some excellent tips on what to use and how to rig to get on those fat bass.

Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is another great aspect to fly angling that often gets overlooked in the continuous focus on trout, but it doesn’t have to be. Bass are often more available in home waters and can be less discerning than more picky trout.

You have the opportunity to use nice big flies, such as oversized woolly buggers or clouser minnows, that the bass will find irresistible. Another bonus is you will likely encounter very little fishing pressure going after bass, most of the bait casting guys will be in deeper water and fly fishermen will be few and far between.

Grab your 6- or 7-weight rod, rig your leaders and tippet a little heavier, tie on a big bright fly and get out bass fishing this season, you will undoubtedly enjoy the outcome.

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Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass: Overlooked and Underrated