Christ, I can't stop thinking about flyrodding for smallmouth bass. It's so damn fun. I'm loooking into cheaper digital cameras so I can start taking pics of caught bass. Anyone else afflicted with the sickness? Thoughts? Spots? Flies? Anything?
I am trying to be.....but I have caught zero smallmouth bass. I fish lake sammamish alot (live close by), and I catch zero bass. I see alot of bass fisherman in there and I follow them around and fish where they do. Does any flyfisherman do well in this lake??
My only luck on Sammamish (with the long rod) has been at the north end around all the pilings. It's shallow enough for topwater presentation. The catch is public access. If you don't have a 200HP 20' Ranger bassboat to motor up there, the closest you can get for access is Idylwood Park. I've launched from there in my kayak and it's only a few minutes away. But the fishing has been pretty consistent for me; large poppers, deer hair, even the big foam salmon flies.
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. The Coach
Yeah, it can be just OK or really good depending on water conditions and "run timing". Most of the flyshops in Ellensburg run trips to the lower Yakima (Worley Bugger is one). Sometimes June can be good too.
The lower Yak is good. Try the Snake and it's tribs in spring just before blow out when those little monsters are eating smolt like popcorn. We used to kill em in the mouth of more than one "steelhead" river. The mainstem Snake and alot of the Columbia and it's tribs are fantastic. Duffer
I've fish them a little...and had some limited success at places like O'Sullivan Res., Chelan Falls, Banks Lk. Have not chased them more due to lack of knowledge, I guess. Don't want to waste a day looking for them if I'm uncertain that I'll find em...when I know where the trout can be had in my favorite waters. Agree that they are a butt-kicking fish on the fly.
One river I'd like to learn about is the Okanogan. I remember a guide telling me years ago that he regularly fished the Riverside area and did well. I know he was working the water before and after runoff....but I'm not sure about fall season. Anybody know if you could expect to catch fish in the mid-upper Okanogan in fall?...or do these fish drop down to the lower river (and the Columbia) after summer?