Written by: Alvin Dedeaux, All Water Guides
Subsurface patterns, akin to this crawfish, will take bass after they’re not keen to eat bugs on prime.
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Identical to trout, largemouth bass spend most of their time feeding under the floor. And as most individuals would agree that catching trout on dry flies is extra thrilling, watching a bass explode on a popper chugging throughout the floor is much more of a rush. The strikes are simply so savage.
However as a lot as a dry-fly junkie as I’m, I do nymph for trout when the circumstances dictate. In any case, I need to catch as many fish as I can. Ditto for bass. When the topwater chunk is just not occurring, I’ve a couple of go-to sub floor bass patterns.
1. Clouser Minnows: I’ve caught extra warmwater and saltwater species on the Clouser Minnow than on some other fly. Favourite colours are chartreuse and white, pink and white, and grey and white. For larger fish or deeper water, strive the Clouser/ Deceiver Half and Half.
2. Crawfish patterns: My private greatest largemouth bass on the fly–in addition to certainly one of our purchasers’ world file Guadalupe bass–was caught on a crawfish sample. Particularly when the water temps are low and it’s worthwhile to bounce one thing alongside the underside to entice a giant lazy bass to to eat, the Gulley Extremely Craw and the Ghetto Craw are my favourite patterns.
three. Leeches: When the water is off-color or the temps are low, it’s laborious to beat a giant, darkish leech slithering alongside the underside. Consider it because the fly-rod model of a Texas rigged rubber worm.
four.Shad patterns: A number of the primary forage fish in most bass lakes are shad. In case you see bass education and chasing bait, most certainly it’s shad. Certainly one of my favourite shad patterns is the Double Bunny.
5. Diving Bugs: Whereas not actually a sub-surface sample, divers are certainly one of my favourite flies when bass aren’t hitting the floor. The great thing about a giant deer-hair diver is how a lot water they transfer. Bass will come from a great distance off to seek out out what’s making such a commotion. The added bonus of a diver is that you simply nonetheless get to see the strike.
Alvin Dedeaux is the proprietor of All Water Guides (2015 Orvis Information Service of the 12 months Finalist) and Alvin Dedeaux Fly Fishing in Austin, Texas. He’s additionally a former Trout Bum of the Week.