The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > Fly Fishing in the United States > Great Lakes Region

Great Lakes Region Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Post fishing reports, ask for information, discuss this area...

Like Tree13Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-13-2013, 02:18 PM
pryal74's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Escanaba Michigan
Posts: 121
pryal74 has a spectacular aura aboutpryal74 has a spectacular aura about
Default Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Another Smallmouth Bass video from our summer in 2013 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Featuring James Pryal & Kevin Olsick and Jon Droska. This footage was filmed on the same river, over 3 days on different stretches. We don't film much, but were able to capture a few gorgeous slabs on camera.

I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment, like or share.

__________________
James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 08-13-2013, 04:27 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan's U.P.
Posts: 1,030
rockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to all
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Some beautiful fish. SMB are often passed over up here for some reason.
pryal74 likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 08-13-2013, 07:38 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: FL and MI
Posts: 276
dakotakid has a spectacular aura aboutdakotakid has a spectacular aura aboutdakotakid has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Looks like a bunch of fun!
pryal74 likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 08-13-2013, 07:59 PM
Eddie O'Neill's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: A Scot in Sherman Connecticut
Posts: 749
Eddie O'Neill is a splendid one to beholdEddie O'Neill is a splendid one to beholdEddie O'Neill is a splendid one to beholdEddie O'Neill is a splendid one to beholdEddie O'Neill is a splendid one to beholdEddie O'Neill is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Looks like you guys had a blast
pryal74 likes this.
__________________
Eddie
"We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation."
Voltaire
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 08-14-2013, 10:16 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Joliet, Illinois
Posts: 74
double d is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Great film, great location for fly fishing up in the U.P.
pryal74 likes this.
__________________

"It is ourselves that we conquer, not the mountain." Sir Edmund Hillary, 1959
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 08-14-2013, 07:38 PM
theboz's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pocono Lake , Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,166
theboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Some of those Smallies were absolute SLOBS! Wow you guys were getting some gorgeous fish. Looks like you were using a lot of topwaters. What was the bushy green fly you had so many on ? Just curious cause here big deer hair muddlers and mouse patterns are great as well as yellow poppers and Gurglers never tried anything green.
pryal74 likes this.
__________________
"I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
"There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
" It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
"Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 08-16-2013, 09:36 AM
pryal74's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Escanaba Michigan
Posts: 121
pryal74 has a spectacular aura aboutpryal74 has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

First of all, thanks everyone.

@ Rock, thanks man. I think smallmouth bass are one the most exciting warm water species to target with a fly. How was your season? Hey rock, what area of the U.P. are you near?

@ double d, thank you. I try to explore as much as I can. There's so much water in the U.P. I sometimes think I will never cover enough!

@ Eddie O'Neill, Thanks man. I hope you're getting out on the water as well!

@ dakotakid, Thanks much!

@ theboz, Thank you! Yes, I use topwater flies when the water is warm enough. If the fish seems sluggish I use an olive sculpin pattern, which works incredibly well. The green bushy fly was a top water frog I designed myself. 2 green rabbit strips for legs and then stacked bucktail for the body. Pretty simple actually. I prefer darker colors for topwater. Do you get to target smallies much where you are?
__________________
James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 08-16-2013, 10:09 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan's U.P.
Posts: 1,030
rockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to all
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

@ Rock, thanks man. I think smallmouth bass are one the most exciting warm water species to target with a fly. How was your season? Hey rock, what area of the U.P. are you near?

Close to Au Train on the shores of Lake Superior.
pryal74 likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 08-16-2013, 01:52 PM
theboz's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pocono Lake , Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,166
theboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Quote:
Originally Posted by pryal74 View Post
First of all, thanks everyone.

@ Rock, thanks man. I think smallmouth bass are one the most exciting warm water species to target with a fly. How was your season? Hey rock, what area of the U.P. are you near?

@ double d, thank you. I try to explore as much as I can. There's so much water in the U.P. I sometimes think I will never cover enough!

@ Eddie O'Neill, Thanks man. I hope you're getting out on the water as well!

@ dakotakid, Thanks much!

@ theboz, Thank you! Yes, I use topwater flies when the water is warm enough. If the fish seems sluggish I use an olive sculpin pattern, which works incredibly well. The green bushy fly was a top water frog I designed myself. 2 green rabbit strips for legs and then stacked bucktail for the body. Pretty simple actually. I prefer darker colors for topwater. Do you get to target smallies much where you are?
Yes I usually target them at least twice a week here in the Delaware and as often as possible in the Susky! In the Delaware yellow and light brown seems to be the ticket for topwaters and red and pink along with an assortment of streamers and nymphs for subsurface.Found out by accident about the red and pink when targeting Shad and kept on getting Smallies(definately not a bad thing!).Thats why Iwas curious about your green topwater especially seeing all the fish it produced. One thing I truley believe when it comes to topwater and Smallmouth fishing is color is very important and it depends on the river.Another river that I target them in is the Wallkill in NY and if the topwater isnt black you are not catching bass!Cant explain the topwater color thing for topwaters but it seems to be very important for SMBs at least where I fish.And when all else fails a Muddler will usually save the day! Thank you for the pattern maybe green will be one of my new go tos!
pryal74 likes this.
__________________
"I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
"There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
" It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
"Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 08-21-2013, 02:20 PM
kwb's Avatar
kwb kwb is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 523
kwb is a name known to allkwb is a name known to allkwb is a name known to allkwb is a name known to allkwb is a name known to allkwb is a name known to all
Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

Those aren't monsters! Those are the things Monsters have nightmares about!

Nice fish man!
pryal74 and theboz like this.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Summer Break July/Aug 2012 only adipose Coldwater Fly Fishing 9 12-08-2012 08:54 PM
FlySlinger Smallmouth Summer Bonanaza FlySlinger Share Patterns 3 09-10-2012 10:07 AM
Yellowstone NP Summer 2012 monello Find a Fishing Partner 0 02-21-2012 06:41 AM
Fishing for largemouth bass, as well as smallmouth bass, is expected to be good to ex Fish Bones The Daily Papers 0 06-05-2009 12:40 AM
Fishing Articles from EzineArt Finding Smallmouth Bass in the Summer Articlebot General Fly Fishing Discussion 0 01-03-2006 03:30 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.