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Old 06-16-2011, 01:33 AM
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hello all,
ive been on the hunt for smallies lately and having been having a hard time finding a size and pattern that like. i'm used to a basic wooly bugger pattern, but i may have to lower my standard results. ive been thinking orange as well as brown rubber leg buggers may work well.


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So far this year, I have had good outcomes with a zonker. Black rabbit strip back, Silver metallique cactus chenille body, and reversed chain bead eyes. I tie it on a size 4 aberdeen
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Hi Casy,

You don't say if you are fishing lakes or rivers. Most of my Smallie fishing has been in the Spring and in lakes. I have found that Smallies like Chartreuse and they love crayfish. So I think your choice of brown may be good.

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thanks guys, great info.

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You can catch dink smallmouth on almost any fly, but if you want to catch the bigger ones, you need to more closely "match the hatch".
That could be bottom dwelling baits such as sculpin and crayfish, free swimming minnows like shad, shiners, and chubs, or larger nymphs like stoneflies and hellgamites. There's lots of flies to choose from, but the basic size and profile is important, as is a realistic presentation.
As for colors, I like to match the water clarity. In stained water, I'll use "earth tones" such as brown, olive, yellow, and gold. In clearer water I like brighter colors like white, black, chartreuse, and silver. Not a hard and fat rule, but for me it makes a difference.
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Smallmouth are a pretty predatory fish and I use flies that more closely mimmick the foods they go after. Bait fish, Leeches and Crayfish. The best flies for doing that are the Clouser and baitfish patterns like that. Leech patterns and crayfish patterns. I basically have four flies that if they don't catch Smallies there aren't any around. Just for fun sometimes I use patterns like Dahlberg Divers because they are more than willing to come up and smash a top water, but it is less effective I believe. Here are photos of the flies.
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Bryan Kelly (owns a fly shop in Shepherdstown, WV) tied me a fly that he said just slays the smallies. He ought to know as he runs a guide service on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

The one he tied me had green/black grizzly tail, rubber-legged hackle and a conehead. Probably a #6 or so.

I am half tempted to ride over there one day, pick up some stuff and tie a few more. He gave me one at a festival I was at with my wife....I think he gave it to my wife because he thought she was pretty..and she is.

Anyway, it does slay the smallies. I caught a few with it on Memorial Day weekend. It was right after spawning, so the fishing was a bit slow.
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