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Tag: 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...

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...