A Little of My Own Medicine (Bubba Report)

miyawaki

Active Member
#1
A couple weeks ago, we had our first "Fly Fishing for Bass" school at Orvis. Last evening, I went out with the instructor/guide, Mike Ainsworth, to do a little "bassin."

We didn't catch any bucketmouths but we got into enough smallies to keep our rods bent over.

I've been a salmonid man all my life and, I gotta say, these 1-2 pound red-eyed little devils were aggresssive little muthas. And, the best part is that, they're in all of our backyards and they bite good when it's hot and bright!

I just overnighted a bunch of flies into the shop.

Leland.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#2
I love hitting the local lakes after work with a fly rod and a handful of poppers. I am not sure how many times I have been asked what I was fishing for and then with a fly rod when I tell them bass? While the power baiters are trying to catch worn out hatchery drones I am having a blast taking savage surface hits from wild bass. Can't think of a better way to spend a couple hours after work to keep the fishing fix going until summer steelhead gets going.
 
#4
I fiahed one of your poppers at a local lake. I was just dropping it close to the docks and weedlines. It was pretty beat up, missing a bunch of hair, so it was a little scraggly. No hook ups, but a bunch of SERIOUS boils. They were definitely interested in it!
 

miyawaki

Active Member
#5
I went to the Arboretum and got skunked. What gives Leland?
It's only recently that the largemouths hve been moving onto the nests and getting protective and that the smallies are post-spawn and are hungry as hell. Keep in mind, that it will differ lake to lake.

Leland.
 
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golfman65

Guest
#6
Aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh.......Now your ruined for life!!!:rofl:
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#8
Rumor has it, and I won't tell you how I know or found out, but if you use a Miyawaki popper with its dink foam head inverted there have been bass known to BLAST THE EVER LOVIN MOTHER FUVIN CRAP out of those flies...then a resourceful angler can return that foam dink head to its V-Wake causing original configuration for your next SRC outing from the beach.
 

miyawaki

Active Member
#9
Rumor has it, and I won't tell you how I know or found out, but if you use a Miyawaki popper with its dink foam head inverted there have been bass known to BLAST THE EVER LOVIN MOTHER FUVIN CRAP out of those flies...then a resourceful angler can return that foam dink head to its V-Wake causing original configuration for your next SRC outing from the beach.
Holy cow, I'll have to double the price!

Leland.
 

Chester Allen

Fishing addict and scribbler
#10
Smallmouth will happily wallop a Miyawaki Popper on the Columbia River. All it takes is a little current....

I've also caught largemouth bass with Leland's fly on lakes here in Thurston County. Early and late in the day is best. I just cast it out there and strip it in -- with lots of pauses....
 

Itchy Dog

Some call me Kirk Werner
#11
Another neat thing about the basses is that they're a little more durable than trouts.
I'm not suggesting we go manhandle the spiny rays, but one can be a little more relaxed when in their company. There's a little lake right in the heart of town here that is chock full of largemouths. Access is tough on one side, however, and that's where the lunkers lurk. Unless you have a tube, you won't get to them. However, it is an incentive to get good enough with my spey rod to throw some deer hair meat in that direction...
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#12
In the past few weeks, I've found pre, spawning and post spawn smallies in local lakes.
Mostly pre spawn LM with a few on their beds. Lots of big cruisers looking for ditch pickle love. With this hot weather weather and a full moon on Sunday, this weekend should be interesting to say the least.
 
#13
Vern Jerimicah and I went bassin' on Friday after work. Our original intention was to fish poppers for bluegills but that quickly changed to the bigger spiny ray variety. Nothing like catching largemouth on 3wts :). One fish in particular had something black in his throat... Upon further investigation with the hemostats pulled a big black wasp out of its throat.
 

ReelFlyBro

Team Short Bus
#14
Man all this talk about bass makes me want to get back to Michigan. Bass fishing is alot of fun. The memories are flooding my brain. Not many bass around these parts....that I know of at least.
 
#15
I caught my lifetime biggest smallie last week on topwater. A solid 5 pounder at 20' long and fat. I wasn't using fly tackle but I am confident that fish would have annihilated any popper.