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any body fly fish for bass just post here im i would like to know peoples set up THAT includes you flechero  ;D

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I don't fly fish for bass that often...  a couple times a month, depending on the weather and if I am taking people out.  When I do, I'll use any number of rods... Usually a 7 wt is the choice... sometimes as heavy as 9 wt or as light as 4 wt. (I will try the 2 wt though, just to see how I do with it  ;) )

I have an extra spool with a sinking ghost tip for the 7 wt. so it is my most versitile set up.  the rod is an Orvis T-3 907-4 with a Battenkill LA V reel.  I'll be replacing the 7wt and 9wt rods this winter with customs on CTS blanks.

I'm really looking forward to this fall though... I will be chasing the smallies with a fly rod a bunch.  

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I do.  I have a 6wt and a 4wt that I use for bass.  mostly river smallmouth fishing with the 4wt.  catching a bunch of 1-2 lb smallies on a 4wt is a fun day.  I use the 6wt out on the boat for largemouth.

I use mostly streamers and crayfish imitations for bass.  poppers are alot of fun if theyre hitting on topwater, they are fun to tie too out of deer hair.  grasshoppers and dragonflies can be pretty effective at times as well.

fly fishing isnt very hard to learn at all.  it only took me a couple hours to have a basic grasp on it.  then after a month or so I was pretty good at it.  obviously the more you practice the better you will be.  youll want to stay away from overhanging trees when your first starting out, youll be hung up in them almost garunteed.

I also have a 0wt flyrod that I use for bluegills.  catching 50-60 sunnys in a day on the little rod is a hell of alot of fun.

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thats awsome flechero dont think you go to heavy becaus i use a ten to through big i mean big flys and LBH ever catch a snook or bone fish on fly or a baby tarpon lemme know i like his thread already  ohh and flechero you wanna see my ten wieght i made it myself

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Flyfish for smallmouth with 6,7, and 8 wt. Depends on the river (or lake) I'm fishing in. Fish for largemouths mostly w/ topwater, using the same 8wt. Sometimes screw around with Beaver Lake stripers w/ my 9 wt.

Some of my stuff is pretty high end (Sage, Ross) but most is mid level.

Favorite all around is 9' 7 wt St. Croix Imperial w/ a White River classic (BassPro) reel. Not expensive at all.

It takes a while to get good, but it's not impossible. Stream smallmouth and small pond largemouths were made for flyfishing.

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Can you throw regular lures out with a fly rod? I thought I heard that the lure cant be too heavy. And Im just wondering, how do you reel in a fly rod. I see on TV they pull the line but there is a reel on it.

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Flyfish for smallmouth with 6,7, and 8 wt. Depends on the river (or lake) I'm fishing in. Fish for largemouths mostly w/ topwater, using the same 8wt. Sometimes screw around with Beaver Lake stripers w/ my 9 wt.

Some of my stuff is pretty high end (Sage, Ross) but most is mid level.

Favorite all around is 9' 7 wt St. Croix Imperial w/ a White River classic (BassPro) reel. Not expensive at all.

It takes a while to get good, but it's not impossible. Stream smallmouth and small pond largemouths were made for flyfishing.

have you ever been into the backing before its so much fun

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ohh and flechero you wanna see my ten wieght i made it myself

If you have a pic, show us!  (and give details on blank and stuff)

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I fly fish for LMB and peacock bass using some home-made flys...i have a 4 and a 6

Yea... Ed lets see your custom 10 wt...(well i have already seen it)

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I am a "retired" fly fishing guide. I probably have 20 rods in my basement (well two in a bag fore I just returned from CO.).

For some reason I cannot get excited about fly rodding for bass. I have mostly used them all for guiding and fishing when I lived in Colorado or trips to the salt. I feel they are the absolute best tool for fishing in rivers. I think if used properly you can outfish bait at least 2 to 1 (trout in a stream). I also used to take clients to Mexico, Bahamas, keys and Belize in search of the saltwater Pescas.

To be honest: I cannot comment on them for Bass fishing. I could compare it to large streamers or perhaps chucking sinking lines in a channel for Tarpon.

large rods with a bunch of weight require a different motion then throwing a dry fly or little nymph rig on a 4 or 5 weight. I think a crucial skill to be able to fish for bass would be knowing how to "double haul" the line. This is paramont with the larger rods and heavier bugs. When you get it down you should be able to throw the entire line 2 to 3 false casts with decent accuracy (each cast being a two count (back and forward).

When using them with floating lines you must remember that each strip will bump the bug in an upward motion and several in succesion will pull the fly towards the surface; this can be good if bumping a crawfish of  the bottom or bad if trying to keep a minnow in the stricke zone. A good sink tip while harder to throw and even harder to do it accurately keeps the bug down in the zone during most of the retreive.

As far as the best choice of rods I guess it depends on what you are looking to find. If you are in big fish country I would gear up for big fish like an 8 or 9 (for bass). If you are chasing bluegill then you would definitly want to get down to the 4 wt or so area.

sorry about the rambling, I love casting a fly rod - I still go out back and practice my double hauls when I am hankering to get out west or the salt.  When you stick a great cast with a fly rod it has the same feel as when you flush a golf ball with a iron.  But for bass:  I will stick with my baitcaster and spin reel - maybe it's because I haven't used one for 11 years while living in the West or maybe it is because I know it is the best tool for the job.  Who knows:  maybe someday i will only use a fly rod for bass??  LOL

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i know how to double haul but i dont find it a necessity you usually dont cast further than 60 feet in salt water i can throw that with 2 false cast. if you ever fished salt water before you went trout fishing your gonna have a hard timetrout fishing as happened to me because i kept strip setteing and pulling the little hook out of the fishes mouth but bring a trout fisherman in salt water and he also will have a hard time setting the hook and casting ESPECIALLY sink lines  

you guys i love this thread id like to keep it going

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I also have a 0wt flyrod that I use for bluegills. catching 50-60 sunnys in a day on the little rod is a hell of alot of fun.

were did you obtain a tool so small

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lol il neverforget that  lmao rolf atleast you lerned a new trick wehn me or your dad are being our  selfs again

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and thats it its an american tackle matrix (didnt want a loomis because epoxy heads will devour it single foot guides to make the rod have a better action and be lighter its a  fast action rod and a ver fastt taper for you rod biulder its a 449 with a 5.5 tip and is nine feet long fast taper right and one more pic CIMG1660.jpg

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No snook but I have my share of tarpon under my belt.  No big dogs though, biggest was 71 lbs.

Funny story, guided trip in the keys with ex g/f's grand father.  He had a 130+ on and his belt broke.  Noone would help him with his pants.  We have a pic of him taken from the rear of the boat looking towards the bow,he has a 130lb tarpon tailwalking in front of him about 20 ft away, legs spread about 5 ft apart, pants at ankles in his tighty whities, looking back at camera laughing like it was his birthday.  Very funny.

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lol i can imagine that what about a yellow fin tuna not a big one but a like a 20 pounder or a blue fin tuna

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I started fly fishing when I was 11 years old [now 31] When I was a little tike I loved it. Now for some reason I can't get back into it, but still use one on occasion. Pulled in a good bit of bass off one, but you get alot of bream most of the time.

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I use a White River 5/6 wt. I haven't caught many bass on it, but I have caught alot of sunfish.

Flechero, what rig will you use for smallies? Any pics?

What would be a good leader for bass in the 2-3 lb range?

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What,

You did a great job on your 10 wt! You should have posted it in the tacklemaking section also. Those matrix blanks are sharp! What reel seat is that?

Gene,

We went out last Sat., and fished Westcliff at sunrise- I used the new 4 wt (pics in tacklemaking) and Steven used his new 8 wt. We caught several smallies and largemouth... Steven caught 2 channel cats on the fly! ...lol I had to use the 4 wt. since I had just finished it! My rod of choice would be the 7 wt. if I was in a serious mood. (no pics, it's a factory built rod- orvis T-3) As far as leaders go, I use mono or fluoro 7.5' tapered with a perfection loop. I use as heavy of a leader as I think I can get away with when I fish the timber. If the area is pretty clear, I'll scale back to "normal" size stuff, which for me is about an 8 - 10lb tippet on the 7 wt.

Can you throw regular lures out with a fly rod? I thought I heard that the lure cant be too heavy. And Im just wondering, how do you reel in a fly rod. I see on TV they pull the line but there is a reel on it.

No, you are casting the line, which is weighted to carry a fly. A "heavy" fly might be castable with a good ultralight rod, to give you an idea of the weight. On smaller fish it's quicker and easier to just pull the line by hand but on big fish or fish that make big runs (usually saltwater) you'll get to use the reel.

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Here is my PB for trout. Caught in the Taylor River in Colorado. It could have possibly been the state record. 34"X24" -estimated around 20lbs. This fish was raised from childhood in the river. NOTE: you like my smile! I was pumped!

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Sight fished in about 5 foot of water. He took a size 18 red copper john. Man what a great afternoon!

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What,

You did a great job on your 10 wt! You should have posted it in the tacklemaking section also. Those matrix blanks are sharp! What reel seat is that?

thanx the real seat is a an american tackle one and its in titanium finish the only thing i dont like about it is that its a single up lock

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