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#1209857 - 03/02/09 09:14 AM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: Fordman]
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 Originally Posted By: Fordman
Scott PM me your addy and I will drop you a dozen of my patterns in the mail tomorrow.

Thanks Troy !
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#1211581 - 03/03/09 05:30 AM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: jakeway]
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 Originally Posted By: jakeway
I can't add much to these two posts. Popping bugs are great fun, but my experience is more and bigger bass are caught sub-surface. For smallies I like to use a stiff 8 ft 6 wt with Clousers, crayfish streamers, or BH Wooly Buggers. If I'm in a boat, I also have a 7 weight rigged with floating line and either a hair popper or a diver.

The fly Max is talking about is officially called Todd's Wiggle Minnow. You can Google them and see photos and how to tie them. I've got a couple, and they are a bit hard to fish. If you use a floating line they don't get much bellow the surface; if you use a sinking line, they dive so deep you can't hardly get them to the surface to re-cast with out retrieving all the line. But the bass dearly love them, so it's worth the hassle.

I might have to try the wiggle minnow . Would a sinking tip line work ?
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#1211841 - 03/03/09 08:38 AM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Scott61
 Originally Posted By: jakeway
I can't add much to these two posts. Popping bugs are great fun, but my experience is more and bigger bass are caught sub-surface. For smallies I like to use a stiff 8 ft 6 wt with Clousers, crayfish streamers, or BH Wooly Buggers. If I'm in a boat, I also have a 7 weight rigged with floating line and either a hair popper or a diver.

The fly Max is talking about is officially called Todd's Wiggle Minnow. You can Google them and see photos and how to tie them. I've got a couple, and they are a bit hard to fish. If you use a floating line they don't get much bellow the surface; if you use a sinking line, they dive so deep you can't hardly get them to the surface to re-cast with out retrieving all the line. But the bass dearly love them, so it's worth the hassle.

I might have to try the wiggle minnow . Would a sinking tip line work ?

Wiggle minnows have done the best for me when fished on a sink tip line.

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#1212140 - 03/03/09 10:02 AM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: Fordman]
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Any more suggestions on flies, etc. ?
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#1212357 - 03/03/09 12:20 PM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: Radar]
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Scott61, I have tied deer hair bugs for over 20 years and have had pretty good luck with them when I get them out. I use to catch many kentucy bass in the stones river when I would fish for them with a fly rod. Deer hair bugs are my favorite.
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#1212702 - 03/03/09 01:09 PM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: Fordman]
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 Originally Posted By: Fordman

Wiggle minnows have done the best for me when fished on a sink tip line.


I am wanting to try them on an intermediate line in the creeks this summer. Seems like they'd be awesome wobbling along just below the surface.

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#1212714 - 03/03/09 01:14 PM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: B.D.]
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I would like to thank Fordman for dropping off an assortment of great looking flies today , along with some sinking line and some leaders .
I should be off to a good start for river fishing . Thanks Troy . ;\)
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#1212858 - 03/03/09 02:32 PM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Scott61
I would like to thank Fordman for dropping off an assortment of great looking flies today , along with some sinking line and some leaders .
I should be off to a good start for river fishing . Thanks Troy . ;\)

No problem at all. If casting that sink tip gives you problems just holler and we can take the boat out to "those" lakes and work out the kinks.

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#1212981 - 03/03/09 03:27 PM Re: River Fly Fishing for Bass [Re: Fordman]
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 Originally Posted By: Fordman
 Originally Posted By: Scott61
I would like to thank Fordman for dropping off an assortment of great looking flies today , along with some sinking line and some leaders .
I should be off to a good start for river fishing . Thanks Troy . ;\)

No problem at all. If casting that sink tip gives you problems just holler and we can take the boat out to "those" lakes and work out the kinks.

I'm sure I'll have a few kinks and need some coaching . \:\)
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