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Hey

This christmas i'm getting fly fishing tackle. I'm new to the art of fly fishing for bass, and i need some help on what flies to buy.

I'm going to be using a 6wt outfit, fishing for largemouth, and i need some versitile flies becuase i fish clear and muddy, cold and warm, and pretty much any weather.

If someone could post some links for Bassproshops.com to flies that are good for what i'll be doing, that would be fantastic. I have a budjet, and i'm looking to spend around $35. So i'm hoping to get roughly 10 flies with that.

Thanks a ton in advance

Matt

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decent size bass will rarely hit any kind of streamer so just invest that money on different popping bugs as bigger bass will hit these

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Matt, let me suggest a lower price alternative.

http://www.flyshack.com/DisplayCategory.aspx?CatID=15&pg=1

A link to the bass section of Flyshack. I'd suggest some Dilg Sliders, rabbit strip divers, Bouface and at least one of the mouse patterns. These are the flies I've caught the most bass with.

For your 35 bucks, you'll get more than 20 from these folks. Free shipping on orders over $25. I've bought a bunch from them and have never been disappointed.

While you're there, take a look at the saltwater selection. I've been experimenting with some of those for bass, with decent results.

Good luck,

GK

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Matt,

GKs suggestions at the flyshack are a good choice.

Ronnie

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decent size bass will rarely hit any kind of streamer so just invest that money on different popping bugs as bigger bass will hit these

Hmm... you must be throwing them where little bass roam then because with the exception of some bigger frog type deer hairs, I've caught all my larger bass on (big) streamers.  

Matt,

Get an assortment of things as suggested but for sure get a couple beadchain clousers- they are easy to cast, catch fish and are pretty cheap.  When you get proficient at casting some larger stuff let me know and I'll tie you some larger streamers.  (and I'll tie them sparse so you can handle them ok on the 6 wt.)

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Matt,

Also go to this site:  http://www.branhamssaltwaterflytying.com/default.asp  It is the "BassResource.com" of flies and fly tying.  Go to the fly tying tab and then click the pattern database... from there look at the striper flies or any of the baitfish flies.  I tie mine a little more sparse than they do... it's cheaper, easier and cast better since it's lighter (water weight).

You can tie big stuff like that with very inexpensive tools.  (it's the tiny trout stuff that requires better tools.  ...lol)  You can tie for a couple cents per fly which is a heck of a lot better than a couple dollars a fly.  (and all your materials can come from hobby lobby or michael's or mj designs.  I got about 50 flies from my last $10 hobby lobby trip. (once you know what to look for)

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Thanks for all the info flechero. I was about to ask about fly tying, but you answered my question before i could even post it.  ;)

I'll check out that site, but i think i'll learn casting and catching before i get into tying my own flies.

Thanks again

Matt

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I was about to ask about fly tying, but you answered my question before i could even post it.

We suffer from the same sickness... I figure it was your next question.   ;D

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I have had good luck with streamers for bass. Don't get large deer hair poppers & sliders. they work but you will have a hard time throwing them on a 6 wt.

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Look up Larry Dahlberg and some of his creations, including the Dahlberg Diver. A lot of times these are considered big game flies (musky, pike), but as everyone knows, bass will hit a lot of the same things that these larger fish will. The bigger flies will also give you an advantage in the stained water due to their larger profile.

Good luck.

Wayne.

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ill be honest with ya...i never had much luck catching any big fish on a fly...could be the fly, could be me, but i just had to put the fly rod away until i go trout fishing...woolly bugs always caught bass for me, but like i said...none with any weight to them...but boy is it fun to fight a fish with a fly rod, i love it ;)

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I never caught many good bass on a fly until I decided that catching a big fish was worth the cost of losing a fly or two...  the point is that where I fish for bigger fish is not a place you would naturally want to flycast!  Now I tie mostly weedless flies as they get through weeds and brush.  The standing timber can be pretty rough on flyline, not to mention reaking havoc on your backcast!

It's not like laying down a #14 Adam's near a rock outcrop... it's more like shooting between some standing trees trying to get a 2/0 streamer along a hydrilla choked laydown.  I guess it's the fly casting version of pitchin'.  ...lol  

That's another reason I love smallies, they will relate more to structure than cover so it's usually easier to reach them with a fly.

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