Bass on the Fly

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing' started by C_wernett, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. 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. 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. 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. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

    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. 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. BAM

    BAM New Member

    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. 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. Longhunter

    Longhunter New Member

    "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. 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. A compromise:

    This rod in a 6wt, good starter rod:

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

    This line in a 7 wt:

    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.
  11. That's some very good info there, much thanks. My buddy who used to do a lot of trout fishing suggested something around a 4wt., but I'll probably go with something more around the 6 wt. I'm actually getting pretty stoked about doing this. I haven't picked up a fly rod(for actual fly fishing)since I was 11.
  12. I've had one of the Bass Pro starter sets in a 6 wt. It was decent. It wasn't the low price one, but cost about $100. But, you outgrow the rod pretty quickly.
  13. Urban Fly Fisher

    Urban Fly Fisher New Member

    I'd suggest a 7 weight for bass. You can fish 6,7, 8 weight lines, which will handle the majority of smallmouth and largemouth scenerios. Plus, it's nice having the larger weights if you are so inclined to fish deerhair rat/mouse patterns.
  14. When I was growing up my Dad liked to fly fish with popping bug and also use small spinners on his spinning rod. When I was big enough I was put on one end of the boat and he on the other. We would alternate between the spinning and fly.

    Once he bought a fly didn't feel like his old one so I was given it. I thought I had been given a piece of gold. It was my first fly rod. I practiced and practiced with that rod. It was stiff as a board but I finally succeded. That was over 40 years ago. I eventually scraped it down, repainted it and put new snake guides on it about 15 years ago. It is still my favorite fly rod. It is a heavy rod must be a close to a 10 weight.

    We would rig our fly rods with regular mono instead of tapered leaders about 6 foot length and put small hook and split shot with small cork and fish between trees in flooded timber areas. Man would we haul out bass, bluegills, shellcrackers, and catfish with this stlye of fishing. We would mostly use crickets or nighcrawlers for bait.

    Late in the evenings we would skull the boat along even with the bank about 20-30 foot out and cast popping bugs up against the bank. The bream and bass would kill those bugs. Now bream will hit the bug once then come back and take it. So don't just try to set the hook when you see a swirl at your bug...let him take it until you feel him on good. Some times those bream like to mouth it before taking it especially if they are on a bed. While on a bed they will pick up anything that comes close and just move it away without getting it all in their mouth.

    I have used the light weight special trout rods but if you learn on a heavy weight you will be better off. You are still feeling the line instead of the rod in most cases. The heavy rod allows you to get out of bad situations better with out breaking a rod tip. You know like landing in over hanging tree limbs that you are trying to cast under but don't quite make it.

    I've rambled enough Good Luck

  15. man that sounds good ive got to 6 weight rods and i might give it a try to.
  16. psdisme

    psdisme New Member

    I'll throw my hat in the ring with a 6wt. It's a good all around bass rod.
  17. WTL

    WTL New Member

    the weight is all personal preference and also depends on the type flies you will end up settling on. I have in the past fished for smallies like I fished for trout, in which case the 5/6 wts were what I needed. If you are looking towards streamers or deer hair bugs, you may go up to an 8 wt. One thing that I think I should stress is that, despite common belifs, you don't have to spend a ton of money at all getting into flyfishing for bass. You don't even really need to worry about the reel, almost any fly reel will do - so just pick a decent rod to learn with.
  18. aclrockie

    aclrockie New Member

    I started using a fly rod several years ago and use a 5/6 for bass fishing, for some added fun you may even try doing a little carp fishing with it, Its a blast closest thing to fishing for salt water striper that I have found in Kansas. Fights are are long and fun.
  19. quackingtim

    quackingtim New Member

    I use a 3,6, and a 9. I like the 6 wt the best. I fish mainly for smallies but I do fish for large mouths too.

    Here is some of the flies I tie. The first one is my tube jig. The second one is for when the shad is being chased around. Third is just a good old deer hair. Good luck and I hope you enjoy.

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  20. tiny b

    tiny b New Member

    I use an eight myself. Just have to see what works for you.