So, when do the bass start smashing poppers around here? Around this time two years ago and before I could start getting them down in Florida, but the water was in the fifties. When does prime time start up here?
not for a nother couple months. water temp is still too cold.
wait til late March to April for when spawning season starts. Not a popper game but toss some big buggers at their spawn beds and watch the bass smash the shit out of the fly.
then post spawn/summer/fall season you'll have more luck with poppers. Tie a frog-like popper pattern and i've had some bass explode out of the water before. I for one am looking forward to it
standard fare. If you want to get creative, tie up some patterns that look lik bluegill or perch. Crawfish is anotehr good one. Bass eat bass. some baby bass looking flies (similar to clousers but shorter and fatter?)
I use a sinking line so that I have a straight line to the fly as I hop it along the bottom. There has been a discussion about feeling the bass suck in the fly and setting the hook on this forum before. Gear guys generally say fly fishermen miss too many takes. They may be right, but this method works well for me. A floater puts some slack in the line as it causes an angle to the fly. Having said that a floater can catch bass subsurface esp if you are fast stripping weighted streamers. I find that the big bass around here prefer a slow retrieve with a worm leech or crayfish.
I posted tying instructions for the Inner tube worm, and crayfish with the pics in my gallery