Originally Posted by gjcordray
I live in Denver, and have fly fished for trout my whole life. I am ready to start hooking into bass(mostly smallmouth but some largemouth), walleye, and crappie. I am looking for advice in two areas - flies to use and leader/tippet size. I will primarily bellyboat and use a fast action 6 weight. Fish size will be small to medium for all species. Any help would be appreciated.
Gary, Since you've been trout fishing for awhile you probably have a ton of stuff that would be good. Just think large trout sized streamers and dries for bass, heavily weighted stuff for walleyes to get deep, and largish size trout nymphs 10-12, and small trout streamers 10-12 for crappie. All of your trout stuff dries nymphs wets and small streamers will be great for panfish like Bluegill.
Flies- Here's a mix of some specific flies for bass/crappie and some trout stuff you may already have that should work well:
Small mouth- to cover different layers of the water column:
Top water- gurgler size 6, as well as large dries like Stimulators, Grasshopper/Stonefly patterns and Wulffs
Mid depth- black marabou muddler size 6 and large trout streamers
Bottom: Chartreuse Clouser and some Crayfish patterns (or Brown over Orange Clousers) size 6
Black Bead head or Cone Head Woolly Bugger size 6 or 8 or any heavily weighted trout streamers, leech patterns etc.
Largemouth- the above flies will work well but you might want to add some bass poppers and a Dahlberg diver or two in size 6
Walleye- your deep water bass patterns (Clousers and woolly buggers etc) will work here if you can get them deep enough
Crappie- any trout nymphs you might have and/or small streamers (size 10 and 12) would be good choices.
Simple patterns like a bead head with marabou tails with a chenille body (or ultralight crappie jigs) would be good too.
Leaders- No need to be too picky. A 7 1/2' bass leader tapered to 1X or so should be fine, or make your own from regular mono fishing line as described in this thread by Rip Tide: http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/fo...not-10743.html
Hope this helps a bit.