2017 Spring Smallmouth Bass Report

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There are many things we all love about springtime. The warmer weather and longer days are great. For hardcore fisherman who have braved the hostile climate of winter to seek out a tug on the rod, I would say it is the early smallie season that ramps us up the most. High flows and inconsistent temperatures have  reeked havoc on the pre spawn lunkers causing them to pull back from the optimal water where fly anglers normally target them.  Deep pools  and drops are still vital to finding trophy size fish. If there is anything to take away from this, it is never set your clock to an ever changing event.

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Spawning fish, especially larger fish, can stick to somewhat of a schedule. However, these fish will often blur lines and push the envelope as they are not set to a clock of convenience, but more so a race against time to procreate and to survive the elements and an ever changing echo system. Natural colored baitfish patterns are key right now.  I use Cortland line's Compact Intermediate 200 grains also known as the " Blitz " line with a clear tip . This enables me to keep a fly down in the strike zone longer throughout my retrieval of the fly.  

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For Shallowater tributaries we're bass are in less than 4 feet of water, a float line like Cortland's Trout Boss HTx will work, however, you will need to lengthen your leader to allow that fly to get down. With this option, you will need to use heavier flies. This can be a positive thing as a heavier fly will have a little more of a jigging action which can entice a bass that is a little sluggish from coming off of his winter hiatus. Remember, oxygen, structure and drops are the most important features to focus on during the spring.  If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or contact us and we would be glad to help you in your journey to catch your next fish of a lifetime. Happy hunting!