Favorite Smallmouth Bugs

#5
My favorite fish. Fished them for 35 years in WI and MN before moving out here. The Madame X pattern seems to anger them. The longer the legs the better.


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#8
Ron, I will give the Stealth Bomber a try this summer. Looks like it would move lots of water during a retrieve which is a great trigger for bass. Thanks.


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Bob Triggs

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#9
I am hearing from some of my smallmouth bass fishing friends that they are using the Chum Baby fly on the Columbia River and tributaries, as a fry and smolt pattern of course. I have been sharing this fly with friends back east, people who are decidedly fanatical in their bass fishing, in lakes and rivers. So far the Chum Baby fly is working well in some very unexpected places.
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#10
I am hearing from some of my smallmouth bass fishing friends that they are using the Chum Baby fly on the Columbia River and tributaries, as a fry and smolt pattern of course. I have been sharing this fly with friends back east, people who are decidedly fanatical in their bass fishing, in lakes and rivers. So far the Chum Baby fly is working well in some very unexpected places.
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What's interesting about that is my favorite fly for swinging spring smallmouth on the lower Yakima has long been a fox squirrel tail over white clouser. Seems they love (or are angered by) that mottled yellow squirrel hair. I'll have to give a chum baby a try too.
 

Bob Triggs

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#11
What's interesting about that is my favorite fly for swinging spring smallmouth on the lower Yakima has long been a fox squirrel tail over white clouser. Seems they love (or are angered by) that mottled yellow squirrel hair. I'll have to give a chum baby a try too.

I have no doubt that smallmuth bass will go after the Chum Baby fly with the same intensity that they focus on juvenile salmonids and other small fish.
 
#12
I used a chum fry stylized flat wing at Rocky Ford this spring and attracted a fair bit of interest. Seems that fish all over the place think that chum fry look delicious.
 
#13
Those look like they would work very well for SMB. My two most productive flies are a #8 Arizona Simi Seal Leech and a White/ Chartreuse Clouser.

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Shawn
Simi Seal leeches really work. Last year I was trout fishing and started getting tons of bass by-catch using them. Now it's one of my go to bass flies.