No I am not looking for your honey hole, your bestest fly pattern or even your preference in a boat. I am looking for some general information about small mouth bass fishing. I have never targeted bass with a fly rod. I was thinking that a few taken might relieve some of the pressure on migrating fish in some of the rivers. We are talking East side now. I humbly ask, do you think my 8 wt. 9'6"' Sage RP with an 8 wt line is over loaded for smallies? What is a "normal" leader tippet size, say 3X? What is a normal leader length? 9 ft or shorter? Last question, what size hooks would be a good choice for them. I am thinking maybe a 6 or 8?