Through many parts of the country summer brings changes in fishing opportunities. Summer means smallmouth bass to me! These fish thrive in warmer rivers and lakes during the heat of summer. I especially like the variety of ways that I can target these bronze battlers.
Smallmouth eat a variety of foods and live in mid-sized to larger rivers, as well as many ponds and lakes. They like to roam where the food is bringing them in range of fly tackle - in the shallows. The other nice part is that they are opportunistic fish. This means that a good presentation that resembles something edible has a good chance of success. So, you can use your favourite tactics and the bass don’t mind.
The good old popper or the “Sneaky Pete” are flies that smallmouth will look up for. Also, if there is a hatch happening on a river, a dry fly will get you hooked up with bass. I really like using big foam hoppers for them on a summer afternoon. Fishing on the surface is tons of fun, effective and addictive. So much so that many bass fly fishers I know do not go below the surface to catch bass. Fun, but a bit limiting in my opinion.
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