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Indi "Ira" Jones
Don't be afraid to go small. Bass do not feed the same way as trout, as mentioned before, but that does not mean that they are not opportunistic. Large bass as well as small bass will and do eat small food on a regular basis when nothing else provides itself. Often times my bass fishing has been saved by finally going smaller after pounding the water with "traditional" bass flies.

Good luck


I caught a nice 3.5 lbs bucket on a #12 olive scud. Now that wasn't the intended quarry, but non the less it put on hell of a bend in my 5wt. I know it hasn't been mentioned yet, but if anyone is up here in the Lake Stevens area we have a lovely population of smallies and Lake Cassidy has a good population of Lg. Mouths (that's where I caught the big'n).


Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
Just call me "Bubba"! I used to have agrat old soft fiberglass Browning Fly rod and it was killer for the bass in the pond behind my house. It was just like the noodle rods you see the Bubbas using on the B.A.S.S. tours. I like smallmouth in river too. Aside from having tried all the stuff of old; the little rubber fly rod frogs and big deer hair bugs, and an early career in hardware and rubber worms etc etc, I am turning to natural imitations, exclusively, for bass this year ahead. Just something to try. I sem to catch more bass on naturals rather than attractors. Small bead heads can be killer.


AKA Beadhead
I caught a 2# bass on a San Juans lake last summer on a popper, it was a lot of fun! I had been hooking small ones on a wooley bugger every other cast. When I switched to the popper (small, size 10 or so) I had at least a swirl, if not a hookup on every cast. I made my "last cast" toward the boat launch to start reeling in my line for the night when the big one (for me anyway) took. Funny thing was the boat launch area had just been pounded by a guy and his son as they drug spinners with no luck for 1/2 an hour. My fish took in a foot of water about 6' from shore over an area with no structure.

The fun part was grabbin the fish bubba style from the lower lip while I removed the popper. My dog thought I was pretty cool!



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Many of the small bog and brackish type lakes in W. Washington are full of bass. Most are small 8-12 inchers, but they're numerous and plenty of fun on a light rod. For most of my bassin with a fly rod I just use my 4wt with a floating line. For flies I like to use long bunny leaches (2-4") in darker colors.

Traditionally bass, especially largemouth prefer larger prey, but this isn't always the case. In the last two years, my two largest bass I've caught have been while trout fishing. The first was a 5lb largemouth on a #10 black wb being trolled near the surface at Lake McMurray (in middle of the lake where the depth was about 40-50ft). The second was a 4lb largemouth which took a #12 olive chironomid on the same lake. When spin fishing, I've also caught a 8 in and a 18 inch largemouth on the same 7 inch rubber worm. :confused:
This isn't overly common, but shows the variablity in largemouth feeding habits.


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Chris -
Were you on Sportsman Lake?

It is a nice bass lake with fun cover to fish. Try tying your wooley buggers on about a 1/0 low water salmon hook, a full marabou feather for a tail and a 30# mono weedless loop (tie the mono first extending a 4 inch piece beyond the bend of the hook and after completing the fly bend the mono around and through the eye of the hook and finish the head). My favorite colors for the bugger is black tail and hackle over a purple or olive body. Take the weedless bugger and fish it among the pads and other cover MAy through September - should duplicate or better last year's 2 pounder.

Egg lake is another lake on that Island that has some good bassin.

Tight lines


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If you're up for the drive, I can vouch for Pierce County's Bay Lake. Slinging poppers under branches in July can provide fast action. Just cross the bridge at Purdy and keep on the main road until you cross the bridge at Home. Take either the first or second left--they both connect. Keep driving until you see the sign on your right that indicates Public Fishing.
Flyrodr, just recently started fly fishing again, and have fished your home waters of lake Sammamish quite a bit. If you want to catch some fine smallies, try there first before traveling. Bunny patterns in the 3-4" range, weighted to sink are great. Bob.

Are you kiddin, bass on the fly is a ton of fun, about 12 of my buddies and I do a 3 to 4 day float down the John Day River in the summer and it is awesome. We take our pontoons and just go for it. The scenery is well worth the trip...no to mention bass on almost every cast. I personally use a Loomis 2 weight and even when you catch a 12 incher it is dynamite fun. I have had days when I would purposely try to cast to spots that I didn't think I would hook a fish and hook fish. Depending on the water level I have had multiple fish come to me as I am landing the fish I have hooked. 2 YEARS ago we floated it and the river level was minimal...100 cfs and we were dragging our pontoons nearly over every tailout BUT the smallies were SUPER aggresive. At times as soon as your popper would hit the water it would get mashed! I took to casting into the bear grass (I think that is what it is called) and wiggling the fly to make it seem like it just fell out of the grass and more often than not the water would absolutly explode...SWEET.....great for youngsters too...getting to float down a beautiful river...camping out with dad...and catching tons of smallies. GOOD FUN!:p
bassin' on the fly

Greetings--this is my first post to the informative (and entertaining) WFF forum.

I'm reading up on bass fishing this winter (hence my interest in this thread) and eyeing the various bass patterns to try at the vice in the hopes of landing a bass in the Lynnwood area in 2006. Being situated close to various urban lakes that hold a few bass (Ballinger, Martha, Silver, etc) it will be a nice way to spend an evening after work. So far my bass resume includes catching a five incher while targeting trout and skunked twice in 2005 beating the lily pads a bit so here's to a new year!

No specific fly or tactics questions at this time but was curious about Western WA specific timetables when conditions generally get warm enough to think about targeting bass. All of the books and articles I'm reading so far talk about bassin' on the fly in the southeastern US and TX so I'm assuming things take longer around here for the fish to be more active.
I fished lake fork in texas last spring and it was the most fun I had with a fly rod in a long time. I am there right now but I goind redfishing on the coast on friday, which should be awesome. They have been cathing 30 lbers lately, so I have timed it right. The bass fishing was awesome, sight fishing to largemouth averaging 4 1/2 lbs, using poppers and big sculpins. Check my gallery for evidence. I had so much fun last year I am going to do it again this spring!
Nagasaurus, look for the spawn in May or early June in most lakes. But in April, the fish will be feeding heavily to prep for it, warm spring days in backs of coves and flats are good bets. Like I said, bunny patterns work well and are easy to tie. Surface stuff works best in summer, morning and evening are best for that. Poppers are a kick, just hesitate a minute before setting the hook, or you'll only land air. Maybe I'll see ya out there bassin this year! Bob.
I'll be the first to admit fishing for bass with gear is fun! I fished bass so much with gear from my float tube I think I could have won tournaments from it. Then I started tying flies to mimic the most productive gear flung lures out there. Some worked some didn't but I hit it big with what I call the Monster Bugger. Basically a huge woolly with the colors a bass can't resist, maroon body with a white hackle wrap then a green tail the same length of the body. Fished with a friend who was thowing Senko’s and kicked his butt. Fishing for them with a fly rod is so much fun I believe I have retired my casting rod forever.
Dirk Pitt said:
look for the spawn in May or early June in most lakes. But in April, the fish will be feeding heavily to prep for it, warm spring days in backs of coves and flats are good bets.
Thanks for the tip on timing. That is earlier that I would have expected due to our cool spring weather--good point on keeping to the shallow areas early in the season that would of course warm up a sooner.

I just finished reading Bassin' with a Fly Rod by Jack Ellis and it was a great read on the history of bass bugs, etc. and lots of good information.


Fishing with the kids
I too enjoy bass fishing. I was away from it for a few years and just started back up again last year. I have fished mostly surface flies, small poppers, etc. There is nothing like a big bass smashing a top water bug. I have also had very good success on smaller waters with a small grasshopper fly. I generally fish a #6. A little heavy on some fish, but fine on others. I work with a gear guy who bass fishes a lot, he swears by black and brown 4" worms. A small brown or black bunny fly should be close.