Bass on the Fly


Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26

Thread: Bass on the Fly

  1. #1
    Conrad
    C_wernett's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 2005
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    694
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Bass on the Fly

    I've decided that "traditional" methods of bass fishing don't interest me too much anymore, with exception for tournaments. But I'm looking to start up with fly fishing for them. A buddy of mine suggested a 4 or 5 weight rod. I can't cash out a lot of money, anyone have any suggestions on what would be good?


  2. #2
    Scott
    Scott Daw's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,993
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I have a cabelas fly rod in 4 weight I use for trout but it could be used for bass as well. youd just use a different leader. you can get a good beginners rod/reel from cabelas for a $100. If your going for bass you may want a weight forward line or sinking to help you cast & get your fly where you need it. but that again depends on what your throwing to them.


  3. #3
    Stu
    StuBone278's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 2006
    Location
    south central Louisiana
    Posts
    624
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I would recommend something bigger than a 4 weight for bass, especially if you want to throw weighted jigs or bigger poppers...I have a 5/6weight rod and have a tough time flinging a big popper very far, but the smaller poppers (that also catch bream) are still a blast to throw.... then again I'm no pro at fly-fishing, but I am looking into something around 7/8weight for bass...

    One thing about fly-fishing for bass, at least down here, they will almost ALWAYS hit a popper if worked right, doesn't matter what time of year!

  4. #4
    Edward ( Ed Harrell
    Pastor E's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Beebe AR
    Posts
    3,193
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    5

    Default

    Yea bass just love's to hit big poppers If you don't want to use your trout rod wally world sells a good cheap rod that would be good for startin on I would get a 7 or 8 for bass and get a 10 lb leader instead of 2 lb A bumblebee popper is deadly :tounge_out:

  5. #5
    Conrad
    C_wernett's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 2005
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    694
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Methods...

    For some reason, I want to catch one on a mouse pattern fly, and I've got one lake where I know a shad patterned streamer with be deadly! But I'll definatley hang on some poppers and maybe something frog patterned for the evening bites that can be crazy on topwater there.

  6. #6
    Buck McClendon
    BAM's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    823
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    A 8 weight rod would be better than a 6 weight rod for bass fishing, I have trouble getting any distance with the larger flies on a 6 weight rod.

  7. #7
    Jerry Fletcher
    gadzooks's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Kingwood, Tx (Houston)
    Posts
    1,532
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The 6 wt works fine. No, you can't cast the 1/0 and larger flies as easily, but if I want to cast something that large I'll grab my spinner or baitcaster and cast a lure. Flies in the 2-6 range do just fine for bass, including large ones.

  8. #8
    Paul Skaggs
    Longhunter's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    43
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Night Bass

    "User of big rods and reels cause momma told me not to play with my food"

    Jerry I am with mamma! I use a 9 and like big muddler minnowes, amazing how aggressive they get at night.

  9. #9
    Jerry Fletcher
    gadzooks's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Kingwood, Tx (Houston)
    Posts
    1,532
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Fly fishing is one area I change. A 6 wt rod will not wear you out as quickly. I started with an 8, once had a 10 for saltwater fishing. The 6 does the job, ya' just gotta pop that bug louder. Big fish will hit itsy bitsy baits. For catfish, though, I change. Don't like to leave even an eater behind because the line failed. As for bringing in a 7 or 8 pound bass, the 6 wt will do the job. I know folks who are now using as light as 2 wt rods and catching 7 lb bass with no problem.

  10. #10
    Jerry Fletcher
    gadzooks's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Kingwood, Tx (Houston)
    Posts
    1,532
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    A compromise:

    This rod in a 6wt, good starter rod:

    http://www.templeforkflyrods.com/rods/signature.html#T

    This reel same as the rod size, or an Okuma 5/6 wt reel:

    http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catal...rTarget=browse

    This line in a 7 wt:

    http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catal...rTarget=browse

    These are some examples in a middle range beginning fly outfit. Bass Pro isn't the only place that carries those items posted from there. TFO makes premier fly rods at a much lower cost than Sage and others. A 6 wt rod can easily cast a 7 wt line, which is a good starter line weight for bass. Most fly rods will cast a line wt. one size larger or smaller than the rated line. A wide arbor 5/6 wt fly reel will handle a 7 wt. bass bug taper line. My Okuma Carina C5/6 reel, think I paid $40, does what is necessary for bass fishing with a fly rod, it holds the line.

    If you want to go cheaper, both Bass Pro and Cabela's offer decent outfits for around $100, but I wouldn't go cheaper for a combo outfit. The nice thing about a 6 wt rod, especially a decent one, is it does allow you to use that heavier line or move to one size smaller if you fish for trout. Going up one size wll not hurt performance, but going down one size may compromise casting distance.


Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •