"Freelance Blogging" at it's best! Brandon Robinson ~ (One Bug Is Fake)
Brandon honors us with his unmatched writing...on this guest post...
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Bows vs Bass
1: Bows are friendly and joyful creatures, I assume anyway. Bass are the riparian realizations of Boo Radley's reputation.
|Boo's beach house...|
2: Bows sip like proper British gentlemen, Bass inhale like junkyard dogs.
3: Bass are as lazy as that good-for-nothing Uncle of yours. Come to think of it, so are Bows.
4: Bows will be found in pristine cold water environments, and have a refined taste for numerous delicacies. Bass again, are riverine junkyard dogs and found in whatever ditch, stock tank, or storm drain that holds year-round water. They will also eat anything that pisses them off.
|"Clean The Bass Pond, Please!"|
Big bows can often be found chilling in the same feeding lanes, conversing stock options and sharing jokes whilst they dine. They seem to enjoy the closeness of the other fish that are too big to be food. In North Carolina I fished one twenty foot run of a creek and caught three 16” plus fish. Even if every fish in that water was dumb enough to bite my olive mud-puppy, that's still a lot of fish for one small stretch. You won't find that in bass rivers.
For fly fishermen, the size parameters for bass seems to be similar in respect to trout, inch-wise. 16” is a respectable fish no matter which of the two species you happen to be measuring. Bass can also fight like a hooked honey badger, and be as picky as gluten-free vegans when they want to be. Worthy adversaries on the fly to be sure, so why are they largely forgotten or overlooked? From what I can find, 47 states have both bass and fly fishermen within their boundaries, so why is trout the dominating species in the sport to the point that many have never attempted bass fishing?
|Bass At Walmart Pond|
Oddly enough, while researching bass fishing on the fly after a particularly painful skunkage, I discovered that bass fishing in America started on the fly. According to Jack Ellis in “Bassin' with a Fly Rod”, the automatic fly reel was developed for bass fisherman in the south who needed to fish and paddle at the same time. So what happened? I don't know, but I bet it has something to do with THAT movie. Brad Pitt certainly didn't lip any bass in that movie. There is also a quote that keeps floating around referring to three rules of fly fishing, “Always with a dry, always upstream, and always to a rising trout.” Another theory is, that many an angler tried, yet without a wealth of information: got frustrated and stubbornly returned to trout. The information is there if you look hard enough, and take most of the things you find with a grain of salt. That said, here is what I think you should keep in mind when trying for the blessed Black Bass.
Right now (October), the fall bite is on in most of the country. This is when most black bass start furiously gorging themselves on big bait-fish. They chase and eat with reckless abandon as if they were scared first-year Floridians stocking up supplies before a hurricane. Swimming flies like Galloup's Dungeon, and his other articulated flies will get the job done perfectly, although I would recommend adding weight if you are stuck with a floating line fishing streamers. Change colors until you get a bite, then vary the speed that you strip until a pattern emerges.
|The Eagle Claw taking a break...|
When it turns cold, fish low and slow. Floating line works fine, if that's what you have. Use a fluorocarbon leader, and be generous with the tippet, depending on the depth of your river. Fishing deep pools or ponds, I use a clear intermediate sinking line with a furled fluorocarbon leader. If you're just starting out, Jay Zimmerman's Geezus Lizard would be your fly of choice. It casts like a brick, but you can compensate by opening your loop up, and laying your back-cast down a touch.
Come spring, before the bass start to spawn, poppers or flies that ride just below the surface are the way to go. Once the spawn starts, switch to clousers. You'll find the bass sitting on beds tucked away in the shallows. This is the average anglers best time for bass. Find your fish, cast behind them and strip with quick jerks with a pause in-between each. Return the fish quickly, and move on. They are sitting on eggs, and if they feel their area isn't safe, they will abandon the “red” and the eggs will quickly become carp food. Post spawn they are swimming with their fry, so your back to streamers. Fly freely, but return the fish quickly.