04-30-2014, 02:13 PM
Re: Best bass flies?
Mouse flies look cool but they're really over the top.
There's more to them than necessary.
Mice are not comfortable in the water. It's not their natural habitat. If and when they find themselves in the water, they're going to be swimming like crazy to get out.
What a bass, or any other fish for that matter is going to see is some creature swimming and making a wake. The bass is drawn to the commotion by the wake and not by what the popper looks like.
Any top water fly of the right size is going to look pretty much the same. Mouse fly, gurgler, Sneaky Pete. It really doesn't matter.
Much of the time largemouth actually like their topwater food items to sit still. At least once in a while. Largemouth will go right up to a stationary popper and "eyeball" it given a chance.
Poppers for largemouth don't need to be an exact imitation, the bug just has to appear alive even while sitting still. That's why poppers for largemouth have appendages like rubber legs or long hackles.
Smallmouth poppers don't need all that. Smallmouth like to chase their food. They want it to move.
You want your smallmouth poppers to be streamlined in order to cast at a distance further than you need to cast for largemouth, and they need to make a wake while being retrieved... that's it.
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