I spend rather a lot time through the season casting bass poppers and sliders from the household canoe. There’s positively a option to do it proper, and Colin McKeown from The New Fly Fisher presents some stable recommendation on this video shot at Hawk Lake Lodge. I keep in mind having a protracted debate with my buddy Invoice Tapply in regards to the deserves of letting all of the rings dissipate earlier than beginning the retrieve, and we ended up at this conclusion: an angler ought to all the time begin out utilizing this technique, but when it’s not producing strikes on the primary few strips, then it’s time to vary up. (The video on the backside of this put up exhibits that generally bass need one thing that’s actually transferring.)
Typically, listed below are my guidelines for fishing topwater flies for bass:
After the solid, let the rings dissipate earlier than starting the retrieve. (See the caveat above.)
Use an erratic retrieve, relatively than common strips. Alter each the size and the frequency of strips.
Incorporate plenty of pauses into your retrieve, and be prepared for a strike when the bug is simply sitting there.
On a river, attempt dead-drifting the bug alongside the financial institution, construction, or weedbeds.
If these items don’t work, attempt doing the alternative.
And, critically, watch at the least the primary 30 seconds of the video under. It isn’t fly fishing, nevertheless it exhibits a bass doing one thing you’d hardly count on. . . .