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  • I am starting to get into fly fishing and need some tips. I plan on fishing for trout in the near future but will stick to bass

    I am starting to get into fly fishing and need some tips. I plan on fishing for trout in the near future but will stick to bass for now. Anybody have any tips? More specifically, what flies should I use?

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    For bass I would go with any streamer... but my first choice would be a woolly bugger. That will catch anything that swims. Vary the color to suit your conditions. Other options would include crayfish, leech, and minnow imitations - even mouse and frogs.

    For trout, it becomes more complicated, as they tend to change their feeding habits from day to day, and it varies a lot more by location. Start with general imitation patterns like a gold ribbed hare's ear or pheasant tail for nymphs or an adams for a dry fly and go from there.

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    • #3
      I like poppers for bass as well as streamers. Black and olive wooly buggers seem to have produced more bass for me than anything else.

      For trout, fezzent said it. It all depends on where you live, the time of year, etc. This time of year grasshopper patterns are good. Streams along fields and grassy banks, a grasshopper is definitely worth throwing. Just cast them close to the bank to imitate a bug that has blown into the water. Trout also eat more subsurface than they do on the surface so nymphs are a very important part of your arsenal. The pheasant tail nymph imitates a whole bunch of aquatic nyphs and I carry many with me at all times and in all sizes. They are also very easy to tie. If you have any local fly shops stop in and talk to the people about what's going on in your local waters and they should get you going in the right direction.
      Flyfishing in my opinion is by far the best fishing! I can't get enough of it, but it's not for eveyone. Good luck and have fun because that's what it's all about.

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      • #4
        would suggest you learn to cast very well doing it the sound way, because the flies you will want to use at times are very air resistant, and hard to cast without good fundamentally sound casting,and the right weight rod, and line.

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        • #5
          would suggest you learn to cast very well doing it the sound way, because the flies you will want to use at times are very air resistant, and hard to cast without good fundamentally sound casting,and the right weight rod, and line.

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          • #6
            ive been wondering the same question txcoon, i think the best all around rod is a 5/6 wt wit some 6 wt forard line with a good leader and some braided fishing line as a tippet (yes i said braided as in bass) i use 10lb its thin but strong. ive had some luck with poopers, but i saw a friend of mine get a nice bass on a clousers minnow i couldnt see the color but im sure its more of a silver color

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            • #7
              flyboy,...What? A 5-6 wt. rod doesn't throw bigger, wind resistant flies worth a darn, and no need for braided tippet. 1X, or 0X, and a 7-8 wt rod will do just fine. Unless they are small pond bass, and then smaller flies, and your 5-6 wt rod will work well.

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