Re: Reluctant Bass -OKC
Cast, allow the fly to sink (or float), wait a minimum of 1 minute (hard to do!)
Slowly give your fly/crayfish/etc. a few twitches.
If you can see the bass inspecting, make the fly 'flee' if they get close, by stripping a few feet.
Creep the fly in and repeat.
The smart bass seem to get pretty disturbed when their very quiet pond experiences splashes and flies landing. The waiting seems to get them back to feeding or whatever it is they are doing.
Also, If I am sight fishing to bass, I cast as far past them as I can (within reason), and retrieve it within their range.
If there is a breeze and some surface chop, dry dropper setup works surprisingly well for bass and crappie. (foam spider/damsel, or Cricket/leech, indicator/crayfish, etc.)
Whatever you do, do it slow and quietly.