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jbird 08-29-2013 03:49 PM

Smallie Nirvana!
 


theboz 08-29-2013 05:16 PM

Re: Smallie Nirvana!
 
That was Awesome!! It would not be an understatement to say after watching the first video that you found a "hole" ! Great job really enjoyed watching !!

zum 08-29-2013 05:32 PM

Re: Smallie Nirvana!
 
Not only numbers but all nice size smallies....nice fishery you have there.

dakotakid 08-29-2013 06:00 PM

Re: Smallie Nirvana!
 
That looked like a blast!

shimloom 08-29-2013 06:53 PM

Re: Smallie Nirvana!
 
Smallies on the fly are just awesome, no doubt. MY best is 4.5# on my 7wt in a river. To much fun!

Craig

mirabelasunshine 08-29-2013 09:10 PM

Re: Smallie Nirvana!
 
Agreed. In the absence of salt water and/or a salmon or steelhead run, smallmouth on a light fly rod is about as good as it gets. Those guys just do not quit.

jbird 08-29-2013 10:21 PM

Re: Smallie Nirvana!
 
Another short topwater clip :D

https://vimeo.com/73429783

englishspringer 08-31-2013 06:53 AM

Re: Smallie Nirvana!
 
Jbird, fantastic fishing. Literally a catch on every cast!

can you tell me the rig you were using (what weight is your rod, what size leader, tippet and what kind of fly we're you using)? As a new fly fisherman I'd love to try out my 5 weight rod but not sure about size of leader/tippet/fly. I've caught some great smallies up here in New England but only on spinning gear so I want to try it on the fly rod now.

Dave

jbird 08-31-2013 07:44 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by englishspringer (Post 587152)
Jbird, fantastic fishing. Literally a catch on every cast!

can you tell me the rig you were using (what weight is your rod, what size leader, tippet and what kind of fly we're you using)? As a new fly fisherman I'd love to try out my 5 weight rod but not sure about size of leader/tippet/fly. I've caught some great smallies up here in New England but only on spinning gear so I want to try it on the fly rod now.

Dave

Hi Dave. Glad you liked it! With enough time, research and experimentation, most gamefish can be caught with good regularity on the fly. I only flyfish now for the simple reason that I catch more fish than any other method.

My equipment is a 6wt rod and a wf floating line. My leader is crude. Its hand made with blood knots. The butt is 40# tied to 30", then 20# and tippet is 12# for a total length of about 8'. You want a fairly short leader when throwing big flies.

For Smallies my favorite flies are. In order of productivity. #1 - 3" green and white streamer tied Puglisi style. #2 Blue and white clouser(which is the fly used in the first video). #3 black and red woolly bugger. #4 crease fly.

The #1 recipe for success is to get on some fish you can see. That way you can observe their reacton to your fly. Vary your pattern and presentation until you get a reaction. It really helps when theres several fish together because they tend to compete, which causes aggression.

I have a friend who has a lot of trouble catching them on the fly because he gets frustrated and goes back to spinning gear. The best thing you can do as a spinning-fly fishing convert is to leave the spinning outfit behind and perservere until you crack the code. You wont be sorry :)

bigjim5589 08-31-2013 04:50 PM

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Just watched those video's and that was awesome Smallie porn!! :D

My favorite freshwater fish too! ;)

I would take them like that any day! :worthy:


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