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Old 03-10-2014, 08:28 AM
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Default What are your top 5 bass patterns?

Like the title says, lets see and hear about your top five bass patterns. Large mouth or small mouth, just specify what and why. There's no right or wrong here, just what works for YOU!

These are my top 5. (pics not my own, borrowed from google)

1) Boogle Bug Popper: I suspect this will be #1 for many of us on this forum. Large or small mouth, a popper is one of the most exciting ways to catch bass. Ponds, lakes, rivers, it works anywhere. When they're hitting top water, you won't see me using anything else for good reason. Boogle Bug makes some of the best quality poppers I've seen.
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2) Schultz's S3 Sculpin: I mainly use these in the rivers for small mouth. The heavy barbell helps get them down and the hook up helps to stay off snags. Smallies around here seem to love them. I don't know if they mistake them for crayfish, sculpin, or a leech, but what ever it is they love to eat them.

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3) Baby Bass colored Clouser Minnow: Apparently bass like to eat their own. These have always given me decent success, mainly with large mouth. It's my 2nd go to fly if large mouth aren't hitting top water. I feel like I'm giving away a secret on this one, mainly because of the color.

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4) Schultz's red eye leech: Another great smallie fly. Weighted up front to get it down in the water column. Even effective for carp.

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5) Foam spider/ant: When nothing else is working, this is the old stand by. Smaller bass and blue gills will eat these no matter what around here. It's always good for something if I'm getting skunked.

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Default Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

1. Wooly Bugger
2. Popper
3. Clouser

Don't usually need to go any deeper in the box than these.
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Default Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

1. Tequeely 2. Circus peanut 3.Shannon's streamer 4.Gartside gurgler 5.Home invader. These were my best smallmouth bass patterns last year.
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  1. a Sneaky Pete type slider
  2. my own "10cent" Popper
  3. a simple marabou muddler variation
  4. the Seaducer
  5. the Clouser Crippled Minnow

Here's the Clouser Crippled Minnow.
While they may look like divers they're actually fished on a dead drift, floating on the deerhair heads and collars with the body and marabou tail sub-surface.
The Seaducer is one of the oldest bass flies that there is and still works as well as it did back in the 1800s

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1. Meat Whistle
2. Black or White bugger
3. Yellow/Red clouser
4. Blockhead popper
5. Foam Slider made with Wapsi TCS poppers
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Dalhberg Divers
Foam hoppers
Mice
Decievers ( double and regular )
swimming crawdad
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Default Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

Those are some mightly fine ties displayed!

Tied in various colors and sizes...

1. Generic Deer Hair popper
2. Lefty's Deciever
3. Wooly Bugger - lead eyes
4. Clouser Minnow
5. Turned Up Hook Muddler


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Default Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

For smallmouth
1. Any crayfish pattern
2. Clouser
3. Zonker or anything similar to it
4. Poppers
5. Hoppers
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Default Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

Great PICs in this thread. It may be a Top 50 bass flies thread before it's through. This winter I tied a lot of clousers, zonkers and woolies for bass. Last year the LM had no problem smacking about anything intended for panfish as well.
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Default Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

Like most fish, i believe that bigger flies = bigger fish. For that reason, I generally prefer throwing larger flies. That's not always the case though.


1: Sex Dungeon (This fly probably outfishes the others in terms of big fish 2:1)
2: Smaller Hangtime minnows (1-2/0)
3: Poppers
4: Clousers
5: Tequeely


Color wise, I like my sex dungeons in White, yellow, and black, and the Hangtimes in White, yellow, or Chartreuse. I'll throw up some pictures if someone needs a reference.

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