Anyone else just crazy obsesed with smallmouth bass?

#16
if only I lived in the lower 48... THen I could obsess about bass too
To Alaska Powder Monkey... I am a recent relocate to Western Washington from Alaska. I live in a community with a private lake with LM bass, trout, perch, crappie and carp. Although it's handy, it' not Alaska. Enjoy where you are. You may find yourself having to move south and you'll be missing what you had..... Like me.
 

Mark Speer

It's all good.....
#17
Anyone else afflicted with the sickness? Thoughts? Spots? Flies? Anything?[/QUOTE said:
RONDE all the time any time. Oregon border to the mouth. Leaches, clousers, hoppers, poppers, ants, stimy's and suprisingly bomber's.
 

flyfish_pimp

$2 coyote steak
#20
Yeah they are pretty much the best...if I had to pick a "spot" for smallies in WA, I would say the Ronde or the Snake are two of your best bets - at least on foot. With boat access, there are better places.

Flies - I have caught them on a lot of different patterns, they really dont seem to be that picky if you can get the fly in front of them. All flies mentioned by the other guys here work for me, but I can tell you last year on the Ronde I used a chartruese sparkle grub (here is one in pearl, which would work as well - http://www.carolinaflyfishingclub.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=407). Great pattern to flick out into the current and jig/swim above the riprap...I caught about 15-20 in an hour or so. I suppose my favorite smallie pattern has to be Luke's Flippin' Fly...tied by a friend of mine: http://www.spiritriverflies.com/fly_patterns/dry_flies20_a.php (see pic at bottom of page). Has everything a bass fly should, rattle, flash, bunny, rubber legs, oversized hook/head/eyes, and rides weedless - point up. Can be fished any way you want, though he created it to literally flip it at structure (like docks, pads, rock walls) like the guys on the BASS shows do with a spinnerbait on tv. It works, trust me. Caught my largest smallie this year in VA on that fly - 21 inch female.
 
#21
I find myself day dreaming about a week or so this last spring that were just insane.

It was Lake Whatcom, around spawning beds with poppers. 20 or so to hand and nothing smaller than 2 pounds with the biggest about 4.5 while fishing under a full moon.

Tie up some classic half red, half white poppers and go out on a full moon when the barometer hasn't moved for a while (this takes some luck but happens around here). It can be EPPPPIIIICCCC.
 
#22
the hands down hottest fish ive ever hooked (and fortunately landed) was a 6lb smallie i pulled out of lake goodwin. 23" x 19" ill dig up a pic and post it sometime. that thing was one BADASS fish. i would love to get a mount made someday i will probably never top that one. They have so much power for their size. Its all in that tail.
 

TC

I live with wind knots
#24
To Alaska Powder Monkey... I am a recent relocate to Western Washington from Alaska. I live in a community with a private lake with LM bass, trout, perch, crappie and carp. Although it's handy, it' not Alaska. Enjoy where you are. You may find yourself having to move south and you'll be missing what you had..... Like me.
Hear Dat!!! Grew up in Wasilla, moved to CA and am trying to make my way back up, but this is as far north as I can get my wife. DANG I miss it. Even if there are bass down here. I'll take a salmon on the little su or ship creek any day over a bassie.
 

chattmr

has never caught a steelhead... (its sad, I know)
#25
If you ever come to Alabama, drop me a line--we'll get you into spotted bass, redeye bass, and shoal bass . Even better than Smallies and Bucketmouths!

Coach D - You are not the only one, Yuhina uses a spey and a switch for bass here in Alabama, while standing in a river right next to gun-toting bait-chunking tobacco-spitting rednecks. Talk about some funny looks... (until he totally out-fishes them, that is!)
 
#27
Banks is filled. The highway follows for 15+ miles and parallels many rip raps that all hold tons of fish. Get a boat and you won't be able to fish all the water in 20 trips. I've logged lots of hours there, and I still find new places every trip. High density lines and fast retrieves.
 

u2ill

Playing on the Palouse
#28
Ah...nuuanu stream...fished it many times...Kaukonahua is my personal favorite on Oahu for smallies...maybe just because it lets me get a good hike in as well!

If only the trout streams on Kauai had bass in the same places as the trout!

I fished hard for smallmouths for years in Virginia when I lived in North Carolina at Camp Lejeune for 8 years. The Shenandoah and it's forks, the St. Johns, the Potomac (with a spey rod, and people used to look at me like I was crazy, this is 1990s) and a bunch of other rivers. I really came to respect this fish, so much so that it still sits comfortably in my top 5 favorites I have ever fished for. You can hunt them with trout tactics, they will key on hatches, and of course streamer and popper fishing when times are right. They jump, they run, they bulldog, and they take no quarter. They will take a largemouth out behind the wood shed and kick the shit out of him. Sometimes I think Ray Scott got the wrong species as his focal point with his bass tournament crap. Pound for pound they fight as hard as anything in North American waters. I guess I'm not crazy obsessed with them anymore, but I will be hiking into a creek right off the Pali Highway and chasing the little bastards tomorrow. Yes, we do have smallies on Oahu and the world here is a better place because of it.:D The Coach
 

u2ill

Playing on the Palouse
#29
Ah...nuuanu stream...fished it many times...Kaukonahua is my personal favorite on Oahu for smallies...maybe just because it lets me get a good hike in as well!

If only the trout streams on Kauai had bass in the same places as the trout!

As for Eastern Washington, plenty of stream with smallies in the 12-15" range.

I fished hard for smallmouths for years in Virginia when I lived in North Carolina at Camp Lejeune for 8 years. The Shenandoah and it's forks, the St. Johns, the Potomac (with a spey rod, and people used to look at me like I was crazy, this is 1990s) and a bunch of other rivers. I really came to respect this fish, so much so that it still sits comfortably in my top 5 favorites I have ever fished for. You can hunt them with trout tactics, they will key on hatches, and of course streamer and popper fishing when times are right. They jump, they run, they bulldog, and they take no quarter. They will take a largemouth out behind the wood shed and kick the shit out of him. Sometimes I think Ray Scott got the wrong species as his focal point with his bass tournament crap. Pound for pound they fight as hard as anything in North American waters. I guess I'm not crazy obsessed with them anymore, but I will be hiking into a creek right off the Pali Highway and chasing the little bastards tomorrow. Yes, we do have smallies on Oahu and the world here is a better place because of it.:D The Coach