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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012
    Broomfield, CO

    Default bass fishing on a 4wt

    Taking my 4wt with me to Georgia/Florida next week to hopefully do a little fishing (1 week will be at the beach so Im going to fish with small clousers/decivers there). So this past weekend I went to the local bass pro to look at their bass bugs and quickly decided they were probably too large to throw - I have the Winston VSL 9ft 4wt.

    So I thought about buying some the terrestrial patterns at my local fly shop (crickets, hoppers, beetles, etc..) and using some split shot to drown them a bit and then using a strike indicator to fish for perch and the occasional bass. Basically using my fly rod as a really expensive cane pole.

    Anyone had any luck fishing this way in the south? And are there other patterns I could try that wouldnt be as heavy as those big poppers bass pro offers?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    South Texas

    Default Re: bass fishing on a 4wt

    On a 4wt, you can easily throw size 8 beadhead buggers, damsel nymphs, and foam terrestrials. You'll get into PLENTY of bass and sunfish with those.

    Just focus on putting your fly into a shady spot, and strip setting instead of the typical trout lift.

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Northern California
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    Default Re: bass fishing on a 4wt

    If you look hard enough, you can find some small size 6 to 10 poppers. The casting may not be pretty, but you should be able to throw them with a quick 4 weight like the VSL.


  4. #4

    Default Re: bass fishing on a 4wt

    There's plenty of small poppers/bugs that your 4wt can handle. I got a bunch from Bass Pro or Cabelas a while ago that I toss on a 4wt for bluegill when the bass don't want to play, every once in a whie a decent little bass will get hungry and eat them too. Other than that I would be throwing buggers, have a few colors ready. You realy can't go wrong with buggers everything eats them.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    middle Tennessee

    Default Re: bass fishing on a 4wt

    I caught a 14" LM on a #10 foam spider this morning in the local creek on a 2wt. so have at it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Southeast Pennsylvania

    Default Re: bass fishing on a 4wt

    I fish for bass (mostly smallmouth) more than trout. My go-to rod for the past several uears has been a 8'6" 4wt. My experience is that you don't need to toss huge flies to catch bass. In fact, the largest hooks I own are #10 Tiemco popper hooks that I use for Clouser Minnows, and some 4X Long streamer hooks in size #6. I tie my Clousers with bead chain eyes, or 1/40oz lead eyes. The heavier flies--dry or wet--are easier to cast with 3X leaders, and I tie my own at around 8 1/2 feet. That's short enough to turn over something heavy, and long enough to keep the fly line out of the fishes' sight.
    I could post the pic of the 25" LMB I caught in 2009 on a #10 Wooly Bugger, but it's been posted here too much. I just got back from fishing the local stream with my 4wt, and was using a #10 Wooly Bugger. I was standing in a shaded portion of the stream, and spotted a smallmouth that had to be 18 inches. It was 20 feet away tops, and I cast the bugger right in front of him. He half-heartedly took the fly, and I set the hook with glee! The battle was on, but he spit the hook after a minute or two. I was just aamazed that he took it at all: he seemed to have seen me, but maybe being the shadows helped. In any case, he was a leaping fool, and that's all I needed for today.

    I've been catching 10-12 inch smallmouth on #14 Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ears this year, and that just confirms my strong belief that you don't need a big fly for bass. I haven't mentioned the smallmouth bass marathon that I had in April and May, because I switched to a 9' 5wt. These were FAT 16-19" smallmouths, and using the 4wt would have made turning these fish in strong currents too much. The flies I used were the same #10 Clousers and Wooly Buggers, so nothing different there. My top side bass fly is a green foam bug I make from foam door knocker material at the local craft shop. It's tied on a #6 Tiemco standard wet hook (strong wire and wide gap). I also use Madame X flies tied on the same hook, or smaller. They both work equally well, but the foam bug is quicker, and never needs floatant.

    Here's a thread I started this time last year: Why Are My Biggest Fish Caught on Small Flies?

    9' 5wt rod, but same old #10 Clouser Minnow (April 2012):

    I can't help myself, so here's the 25" LMB from 2009. The #10 Wooly Bugger can be seen in its mouth. I was there for stocked trout, so this was a surprise.

    The #10 Wooly Bugger in the vise:
    Last edited by FrankB2; 06-27-2012 at 05:11 PM.

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