Smallmouth bass flies

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#1
Show me your smallmouth bass flies. I am interested in sizes; hook size and types, fly lengths, patterns, recipes etc. Mostly interested in the western region, Columbia River tributaries, lower Yakima River, etc. I have several friends heading to the lower Yakima in the spring, later April to mid May. Trying to round up some good patterns for them. Not a commercial endeavor.
 

Speyrod GB

Active Member
#3
My understanding, closer and woolly burger with rubber legs. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience fishing for them.

Some Shawn West hair bugs work pretty well.
 

DennisE

Topwater and tying.
#9
Bob, your Chum Baby tied on bigger hooks (SC15, sz 2)! At least this worked on the lower Yakima. I had more, and bigger, hook ups once I put one on.May-June see the salmon smolt moving downstream while the Smallies are moving up out of the Columbia to spawn. It's a pretty easy float from Snively (below Horn Rapids dam) on down.
 
#10
A standard bunny leech was fantastic for me me this year. I fished the Columbia probably 20-30 times as well and many outings to columbia tributaries. Solid white, blue, yellow, flesh and black where all go to colors. It really didn’t make a huge difference though, they were always hungry! I also threw gamechangers that worked great about 4 inches in length! Hook size I wouldn’t go smaller than a size 2 most of my flies were on size 1! Hope this is helpful there’s a million bass down there! Good luck!
 

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Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#11
I’ve done well with leeches. When I fished tournaments, my most productive soft plastic was a 2” leech type pattern. I fish a semi seal leech a lot for them. With that though I’ve also done well with bigger leech patterns and a chartreuse over white clouser is always a winner.
 

SilverFly

Active Member
#15
I've caught a few on the really small buggy stuff I (used to) fish for steelhead in the CR Gorge trib mouth fisheries. My first choice would be a craw pattern or a weighted bugger.