Re: A couple smallmouth
Bass on top are a blast. That's a fun video.
I've found that if fish are following your fly but not taking it - I call it "eyeballing" - using something with more flash or more movement can help. I'll tie something shiny, like with ice dubbing, and for movement maybe some rubber legs to make it look more natural.
I'll also use long quick strips to get a reaction bite.
As for playing fish on the reel, I never do with bass. I like to fight them myself - rod bending, line streching, fish jumping, that's the fun of it. I use a heavy tippet though (1x or 2x usually), with lighter tippets you may need the drag to keep from breaking off.
Yea, put those baitcasters in the closet and go have fun.
I should be fishing