Favorite Smallmouth Bugs

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by Doug Lee, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Doug Lee Member

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    Here are my favorite smallie bugs. A "crazydad" in olive with a touch of orange and a smallie-sized Madame X with a two layer foam wing. Both have worked well. The Madame X is really fun, with really violent surface takes.

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  2. Shawn West Active Member

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    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
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  3. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    Nice looking bugs.
    I've had good luck with Murdich Minnows and Osthoff's Bobbing Baitfish.
    SF
  4. Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    Smallies love anything big and ugly( that goes for Largemouth too). I like crawdads and a Pat's Rubberlegs.
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  5. Doug Lee Member

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    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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  6. Troutcreek Active Member

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    I'm not sure that I have a favorite Bass fly just yet, but I'm working on it. Chartreuse and White Clousers are the bomb and I've had good luck with Turks Tarantulas of all things. image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
  7. ron henry New Member

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    Doug, take a look at this Stealth Bomber. It's killer for all bass and easy to tie. I've used it for a few years here in the south, and I'm sure it will work there as well. Ron. http://www.flyfishga.com/stealth.htm
  8. Doug Lee Member

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    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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  9. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    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. John O'Leary Member

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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.
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  11. Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

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    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.
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  12. Gary Knowels Active Member

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    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. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    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.