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Tag: bass

"City Bass"

The other evening, I turned off the television, picked up a fly rod and got into an elevator. Thirty seconds and 14 floors later, I stepped onto the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon. I started walking. Five minutes later, I was standing on the bank of the Willamette River near Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Two minutes after that, an angry, red-eyed...

Bigs, Smalls, Spots: Fly Fishing for Three Kinds of Bass

The 6-weight labors a bit, but with two false casts the heavy-headed line shoots forward, plopping the big blue popper about seven feet beyond a twig poking through the water’s surface. I wait for the ripples to settle then try to impart the spirit of a cicada with a series of short, soft strips. The popper gently gurgles in a straight line until it...

"Desert Buffet: Bass Fly Fishing"

"In the heat of the desert there's more to be found than scorpions and rattlesnakes. Experience bass fly fishing and underwater action for huge bluegill where the water meets the burning sand. When you think of chasing bass, fly fishing isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, Phil and I were able to implement subsurface tactics that made...

Smelt & Baitfish Patterns for Trout and Bass

Colin McKeown shows us his fly box of smelt and baitfish patterns and details his top-producing patterns for both trout and bass fishing. These are excellent patterns for use on rivers and lakes throughout North America. They are exceptional for brook trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, brown trout, and largemouth bass.

Topwater Smallmouth Bass, Algoma Country

Jenna McKeown has driven to beautiful Algoma Country in search of big smallmouth bass on a fly. She is joined by professional guide Adam Vallee who shows her some of the many public access lakes that possess outstanding bass fishing, especially for topwater, and shares plenty of tips about structure, fly patterns and techniques. Jenna and Adam are staying...

Smaller and Quieter Can Be Better, Part III: Largemouth Bass

Size 12 at least leans towards large for a trout fly, but compared with a palm-filling hair bug for largemouth or smallmouth bass, it’s a runt. Just as a whopping pound-and-a-half bluegill’s a runt alongside an average steelhead of, say, eight pounds. Fly size, like fish size, is always relative. On average, highly relative. Nonetheless, on...

Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass in the Amazon Jungle

The filming of Rio de Gigantes and the search for Amazon’s giant peacock bass took Todd Moen to Rio Negro Basin’s Rio Marié in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. Rio Marié is the first river in the Amazon Basin where the Brazilian Government collaborated with local Native Communities (the Baré and Tukano tribes) and Untamed Angling to...

New Fly Fishing Books - March 2, 2019

Trout School: Lessons from a Fly-Fishing Master by Mark Hume is filled with lessons and stories from the author’s time on the water with fishing legend, Mo Bradley. “Drawing from more than twenty years of fishing and friendship, Hume distills the best of Mo’s essential knowledge, including tips and tricks for catching Kamloops trout year-round...

Top-Water Retrieves for Smallies

Question: What is the best way to work a popper in rivers? Most of my experience fishing for smallmouth bass is in lakes. How is it different? —Byron H Good one, Byron! The answer to your question will put a lot more smallies onto MIDCURRENT readers’ poppers and hair bugs. Regarding how to work a bass popper, there’s a load of confusion out there; I...

"Turning Lures Into Fishing Magic"

Bloomberg profiles tier Pat Cohen. "My name is Pat Cohen. I design fly tying materials, fly tying tools, and manufacture flies and I sell them around the world to fly anglers and fly shops. There's three kinds of flies. There's your raw, basic fish-catching flies, there's artistic flies, and then there's a blend of those two where they can be artistic and...