03-26-2009, 08:56 PM
Re: New to the world of fly fishing
Hey BPW, welcome to the board.
Where abouts are you? What weight rod do you have? and what kind of bass will you be chasing SM or LM?
There' s a lot of stuff that will work anywhere, but there might be some good patterns to include depending on where you fish and what you fish for-- for instance you'd want crayfish imitations and some clouser minnows for stream smallmouths, and/or bass poppers for LM in small ponds with lily pads. Basically you want to have stuff that will cover different layers of the water column. Here are some examples of some basics...
Top water panfish poppers size 10 or 12, foam spider with rubber legs size 12, and maybe a couple sturdy dry flies with lots of hackle for good flotation size 12 or 14 (some examples are Royal Wulff, Humpy, Elk Hair Caddis). Depending on where you are, it might take a while for water temps to warm up before they'll whack stuff on the surface, but you'll have a ball when they do.
Sub surface- Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph size 14 or 16, Bead Head Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph size 12 or 14
For Large mouth-
some topwater stuff like some bass bugs or poppers size 6,
something that dives or suspends at mid depth size 6 (Dahlberg Diver or Marabou Muddler in yellow, white or black),
and something that will get a little deeper like a Bead Head Woolly Bugger size 6 or 8 (Black, Brown and Olive) would be great choices.
Topwater- Gurgler or pencil popper size 8,
Mid depth- minnow imitations like a Zonker, Black Nosed Dace, or Muddler Minnow size 6,
Deep water Chartreuse Clouser size 6, crayfish pattern size 8, Bead Head Woolly Bugger size 6 or 8