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Tag: bass

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...

Have Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Stocks Reached a Tipping Point?

Tony Friedrich writes this morning about the status of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay region, saying the time has come to stop shifting the baseline and accept that stripers are being overfished. "It rests on our shoulders and ours alone to make sure the striped bass population recovers. It will take a herculean effort to turn the tide. But we can do...

Video Hatch: “Ozarks on the Fly: Vol. 1 Teaser”

This trailer for a new series from BluffLINE Media includes great footage of smallmouth bass in small streams in the Ozarks.

"Wrecking Beauty"

I’m not sure anyone can call a deer-hair bass bug—all bright colors, boogly eyes and dangly rubber legs—a work of art.  Then again, there are the bugs that flow, like an invasion of alien life forms, from Derek Darst’s vise. Darst’s stacked and spun creations are immaculate blends of imagination, purpose and sheer perfection. The densely packed...

Interview: Jamie Howard's New Film "Running the Coast"

Five years ago Jamie Howard set out to do something no one has done before.  He decided to follow a population of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay on their migration northward.  His goal: document the culture of striped bass fishing, and along the way uncover both the lifecycle of the fish and something about their possible future as one of the...

Finding Early Bronze

Some people predict the end of winter via a confused rodent's shadow. I prefer the subtle vermiculations of the bronze bass--a smallmouth in hand is as sure a sign of spring as anything in the catalog. It’s true that the odd smallmouth bass is caught by walleye anglers very early and very late in the season when water temperature are in the upper 30s to...

"A Good Bass Pond Is Hard to Find"

A good man, wrote Flannery O’Connor, is hard to find. Years ago, before reading her so-titled short story, I’d wrongly assumed it was in reference to uncompromising high standards in a partner. For single women, above all others, still have these. Especially those of a religious bent and who keep peacocks as pets. O’Connor may as well have said her...

Bass On Top

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I’m just getting started fly-fishing for bass, but I’m not having very good luck with poppers on the surface. Any advice? Sean C. Orlando, FL Answer: Catching bass on surface flies is a lot of fun, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Bass aren’t like northern...

Beating the Winter Blues: North Carolina’s Neuse River

THERE ARE MANY famed striper locations along the East Coast. From Montauk to the Outer Banks, fly anglers chase line-siders throughout the fall and into winter. To make things even more challenging, fly fishing for oceanic striped bass can be a difficult when inclement weather hits the coast. Just inland in the Carolinas lives a different breed of stripers...