Tag: largemouth 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...

Bass on a Fly

THE USUAL REASONS for not flyfishing for largemouth bass go like this: I don't know how. I don't have the gear. The gear is too specialized. Bass is that other species you read about in fly fishing magazines; people don't actually fly fish for them. I don't have a big boat with a motor the size of a dishwasher and tons of sponsors to support me. I feel...

Bass on Top

While they're certainly one of the most exciting targets for fly fishers, "largemouth bass aren't northern pike," says Phil Monahan in answer to a reader question about getting started with topwater flies. "[B]ass can be quite picky and will often ignore big, noisy topwater flies. Here are a few steps you can take to improve your odds."

The Quittman Special: The Real Story

Scott Bowen isn't actually an investigative reporter for MidCurrent. He's a writer, editor, and novelist who lives in Bucks County, PA. He is also the author of the short story collection The Midnight Fish. And while we remain convinced that the right fly will outfish any hardware when it comes to largemouth bass, there is no Quittman Special. At the time...