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Old 04-20-2012, 12:04 PM
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Default How many here like to bass fish with a fly rod ?

I haven,t done it in years but used to really love it.
Little popping bug with a light fly rod and even the little 2 pounders are a blast to catch !

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Old 04-20-2012, 01:18 PM
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i cant even remember the last time i used a bait caster or spinning rod to bass fish. i use my 8wt to bass fish but i want to get 3wt
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:34 PM
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You sure do get a fight on a fly rod. Last time I caught one on a fly rod, I was using a small top water popping bug. I was in my canoe, he pulled me all over the pond . It was a blast.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:51 PM
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Im a lot like the most interesting man in the world, but fisher man.

I don't always fish, but when I do...I fly fish.

actually I always fish...
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:16 PM
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Up until about 3 years ago, I was pretty much a "trout purist". Started trying my luck for warmwater fish when I got my kayak, and now I almost never take the time to drive to the mountains to wade for trout. Even small bream are bigger than most of the trout I catch, and fight just as hard. And, when you catch a big bass, hold on!

I think the reason I enjoy fly fishing (for any species) more than spin fishing, is partly due to the bend in the rod, but even more that you actually feel the fish as you hold the line in your hand.
With spinning gear, there are a half dozen gears and knobs between you and the fish, but with a fly line, there is only a direct connection.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:38 PM
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fishndoc sums it all up there ain't nothing like fighting and feeling a bass hit anything from popper to a clouser minnow.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:16 PM
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I pretty much fly fish for bass only. Don't really care for those slimy fish. I also fly fish in the salt. Caught a nice red yesterday.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:29 PM
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i love it ! i fish pretty much everything but i am finding that more and more often the only rods i care about are my 3, 6 and 8 weights. just last week in the same morning i got fish with an 8wt, a 3wt, a spinning rod, a fiberglass pole and a bow !!! i was seriously over geared that day i love the fly the best though and REALLY get stoked when it is a fly i tied !!!
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:58 PM
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All the time with a fly rod and. It sure is a blast.!!!!!
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:35 AM
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I primarily target bluegills and such with my 4wt, but you always pick up a bass or three on a small popper. They are a hoot to catch. A 2 pounder willl give you all you want. Right now the water is really low and the bass are congregated in spots. I've been giving the 4wt a work-out on them lately.
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I too almost always target panfish with a 3 or 4 wt. , but sometimes the bluegill i hang becomes bait. Kirby
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Well that does it I am getting another fly rod and going aftter them again. its been so long I need to ask a few questions ,who makes an inexspensive rod and reel? I gotta get back into this !
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its really fun but finding the right bait can be difficult. also they seem to only bite really early on top water.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:36 PM
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... who makes an inexspensive rod and reel?
Define "inexpensive".

Cabela's and Bass Pro sell "combos" (rod, reel and fly line) for almost every budget.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:54 PM
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I got my start in fly fishing chasing bass and bream. I got into trout pretty heavy last year but I always enjoy the fight a big bass or slab bream will put up!
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:33 PM
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I primarily target bluegills and such with my 4wt, but you always pick up a bass or three on a small popper. They are a hoot to catch. A 2 pounder willl give you all you want. Right now the water is really low and the bass are congregated in spots. I've been giving the 4wt a work-out on them lately.
duckbill, how come you haven't been posting up any big bream stringers like usual???
I'm missing those pics.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:21 PM
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I love my TFO's and they wern't real expensive. As I recall just over $100.00 at Bass Pro. Can match it with an inexpensive reel. I like the Pflueger Medalist for an inexpensive reel, expecially the older ones you can buy on Ebay and I also like the Orvis Clear Water reels. I think that is the name of their reel that costs $50-60. I have two of the Orvis reels--on the 2 TFO rods I have, one of which is a 9' 6 wt and the other a 6' 2 wt. I like them a lot. As I recall I got mine on sale for around $45.
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Thanks guys i will check into the ones mentioned.

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:40 AM
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Does anyone know of any small ponds you can fly fish from the banks in the Metro ATL (Forsyth, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Fulton)?
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:15 PM
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There is room to fly fish a decent sized section of bank at Tribble Mill Park which is in Gwinnett. Small bass can be found as well as all the dink bream you care to reel in with any fly smaller than about a size 20.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:13 PM
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duckbill, how come you haven't been posting up any big bream stringers like usual???
I'm missing those pics.

I need to get busy, don't I? . I've caught quite a few but didn't get pics. They start getting a lot more aggressive down here in May.
I enjoy seeing bream pics myself .
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Bass, bream and light saltwater ...

7 wt rod and line....

Been at it almost 40 years(bass & bream)....
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:15 PM
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I use my 5-6 wts, but since I got that 3 wt, I haven`t touched them. I catch mine mostly by accident while I`m usin` a poppin` bug or foam spider for bream. I done fell slam in love with that 3wt.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:49 AM
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Dog days bucket mouths are a hoot on lighter rods. I use the larger
froggy style poppers (cuts down on the dink bream). Ease up into the live feeder creeks on any of the bigger lakes and work the wood and rocks slow and deliberate like, even the small stickups. Lots of big bass prefer skinny fresh water over the deep rocky points (not so much boat traffic either). Have caught them way up into noon:30 in the creek mouths. Also the bigger poppers pick up the worthy bluegills and crackers.
Farm ponds are even more exciting.....bass in them go nuts over a froggy.

Nuther tip: Don't throw away the worn out froggys or any other med/large popper. Great for "poorman's tarpon", which can extend your action on past noon. Gar will get more topwater active the hotter it gets. Catch them coming right at you or quartering towards you. Cast behind them then strip it right across their nose. They will instinctively slap/snap at it and you hook about every 3rd one (or lasso them). Good fight and they will actually porpoise on a flyrod - kind of a modified jump. Good way to get the last bit of goody out of an old popper.
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:41 PM
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I do allot of bream fishing with foam spiders, and bully spiders-this is allot of fun especially when they are on bed. But what is really fun is when a nice bass takes the bream fly on a 3 or 4 weight.

Sometimes I target bass with a 7 or 8 weight to handle the bigger popping bugs and larger flies this is allot of fun also but a 7 or 8 weight is a pretty hefty tool for bass in the 1-3 lbs range and thats what I normally get. To me its more fun to catch the "accidental" bass on the little rods while bream fishing.
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