08-16-2013, 02:52 PM
Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one
Originally Posted by pryal74
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!
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