Tippets: Fly Fishing for Gar, Vote for America’s National Fish, Bass on Topwater Flies

June 23, 2016 By: Erin Block

  • “Few anglers can resist an actively working fish,” writes Zach Matthews, “especially one that will eat a fly.” In a recent article published on Fly Rod & Reel, Matthews writes about the biology, behavior, and techniques for chasing gar on a fly.
  • Vote for America’s National Fish and enter for a chance to win a Sage Pulse Rod (size of your choice). “In the primary, salmonids reigned supreme with Brook Trout, Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, and Cutthroat Trout finishing as the top 4 vote-getters. Largemouth Bass rounded out the top 5 with a healthy margin between it and the sixth place finisher – King Salmon.” Cast your vote before 11:59 PM June 28, 2016. Via Moldy Chum.
  • Catching largemouth bass on topwater flies can be fun but also difficult to achieve. “Bass aren’t like northern pike, almost always willing to chase down a big meal,” writes Phil Monahan. “In fact, bass can be quite picky and will often ignore big, noisy topwater flies.” Read Monahan’s top three tips for topwater bass, via Orvis.