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    Default Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

    Another Smallmouth Bass video from our summer in 2013 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Featuring James Pryal & Kevin Olsick and Jon Droska. This footage was filmed on the same river, over 3 days on different stretches. We don't film much, but were able to capture a few gorgeous slabs on camera.

    I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment, like or share.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK-ogg67iok]Upper Peninsula Michigan Fly Fishing Smallmouth Bass Summer 2013 - YouTube[/ame]
    James Pryal
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    Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

    Some beautiful fish. SMB are often passed over up here for some reason.

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    Looks like a bunch of fun!

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    Looks like you guys had a blast
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    Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

    Great film, great location for fly fishing up in the U.P.

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    Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

    Some of those Smallies were absolute SLOBS! Wow you guys were getting some gorgeous fish. Looks like you were using a lot of topwaters. What was the bushy green fly you had so many on ? Just curious cause here big deer hair muddlers and mouse patterns are great as well as yellow poppers and Gurglers never tried anything green.
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    Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

    First of all, thanks everyone.

    @ Rock, thanks man. I think smallmouth bass are one the most exciting warm water species to target with a fly. How was your season? Hey rock, what area of the U.P. are you near?

    @ double d, thank you. I try to explore as much as I can. There's so much water in the U.P. I sometimes think I will never cover enough!

    @ Eddie O'Neill, Thanks man. I hope you're getting out on the water as well!

    @ dakotakid, Thanks much!

    @ theboz, Thank you! Yes, I use topwater flies when the water is warm enough. If the fish seems sluggish I use an olive sculpin pattern, which works incredibly well. The green bushy fly was a top water frog I designed myself. 2 green rabbit strips for legs and then stacked bucktail for the body. Pretty simple actually. I prefer darker colors for topwater. Do you get to target smallies much where you are?
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    Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

    @ Rock, thanks man. I think smallmouth bass are one the most exciting warm water species to target with a fly. How was your season? Hey rock, what area of the U.P. are you near?

    Close to Au Train on the shores of Lake Superior.

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    Default Re: Smallmouth Bass Summer 2012 a few MONSTERS in this one

    Quote Originally Posted by pryal74 View Post
    First of all, thanks everyone.

    @ Rock, thanks man. I think smallmouth bass are one the most exciting warm water species to target with a fly. How was your season? Hey rock, what area of the U.P. are you near?

    @ double d, thank you. I try to explore as much as I can. There's so much water in the U.P. I sometimes think I will never cover enough!

    @ Eddie O'Neill, Thanks man. I hope you're getting out on the water as well!

    @ dakotakid, Thanks much!

    @ theboz, Thank you! Yes, I use topwater flies when the water is warm enough. If the fish seems sluggish I use an olive sculpin pattern, which works incredibly well. The green bushy fly was a top water frog I designed myself. 2 green rabbit strips for legs and then stacked bucktail for the body. Pretty simple actually. I prefer darker colors for topwater. Do you get to target smallies much where you are?
    Yes I usually target them at least twice a week here in the Delaware and as often as possible in the Susky! In the Delaware yellow and light brown seems to be the ticket for topwaters and red and pink along with an assortment of streamers and nymphs for subsurface.Found out by accident about the red and pink when targeting Shad and kept on getting Smallies(definately not a bad thing!).Thats why Iwas curious about your green topwater especially seeing all the fish it produced. One thing I truley believe when it comes to topwater and Smallmouth fishing is color is very important and it depends on the river.Another river that I target them in is the Wallkill in NY and if the topwater isnt black you are not catching bass!Cant explain the topwater color thing for topwaters but it seems to be very important for SMBs at least where I fish.And when all else fails a Muddler will usually save the day! Thank you for the pattern maybe green will be one of my new go tos!
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    Those aren't monsters! Those are the things Monsters have nightmares about!

    Nice fish man!

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