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Old 05-04-2012, 02:31 AM
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Default Help Me Catch a Giant Smallie

I have a pond in mind. Its flyfishing only. The state stocks it with trout, but it also has some smallmouth in it, and I'll bet there are ones that we dont see in there that have been feeding on small stockie trouts. I'll bet they are huge!

Can anyone suggest a rig to get deep and what should I use for a fly. Big fish like big bait, so what should I use? Looking for rod-weight suggestions, and any comments would be helpful.
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Do you have any other lakes close by with a good sized trib? If so try that out lake bass will run into a trib to spawn on some waters. If not then tie up some Clousers and see if you can find a shop with sink tips or poly leaders, they hing like hell when you cast them but they'll get you down. Also give a popper a shot at dusk and dawn. I would fish a 6 or 7wt for the heavy stuff.
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If fishing a pond try to find some structure or creek channels. Clousers are always good choice. I like to have some good craw patterns too..7wt with 250 grain sink line if u wanna get it down there!
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If fishing a pond try to find some structure or creek channels. Clousers are always good choice. I like to have some good craw patterns too..7wt with 250 grain sink line if u wanna get it down there!
Whit's Near Nuff's (I think that's how it's spelt) in brown work very well.
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Try a weighted Muddler Minnow with gold ribbing fished on the bottom with short slow strips. You may catch a couple of trout not you'll get the SBs also. I fish a bunch of damed up backwaters by me and the SBs love the weighted muddlers. If I start catching more stocker trout than SBs I go to a silver ribbed muddler. That usually improves the SB to trout ratio. When there has been a lack of rain and the water is real clear a leech pattern seems to do better.
Don't think that big flys are always the answer. Many times during a caddis hatch on these same waters I've gotten some jumbo SBs on #16 caddis.
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