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Post 18 May 2020, 23:14 • #1 
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Used to think bigger was better when it came to bass flies. 2 - 2/0 was the norm.
Still in use for those “go big” outings, but I’ve found I catch just as many large bass on smaller flies.

Firehole 315 or 316 size 6 are my go-to hooks. The funky beetle looking fly is tied on a Tiemco 8089.

Pictured are some of my most productive bass flies.

Show yours!




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Post 19 May 2020, 05:10 • #2 
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I tied this on a #8, and tie streamers on 10 & 12 and I fish with a 3,4 &5 wt


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Post 24 May 2020, 15:01 • #3 
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Post 28 Jun 2020, 12:36 • #4 
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Amazing work. Swedish, I don't know 'match the hatch', but the bug with the orange skull excites me. Delta bass would murder that I'm sure.


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Post 28 Jun 2020, 13:36 • #5 
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For largemouth, black cricket.


For smallmouth: crawfish.


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Post 28 Jun 2020, 14:03 • #6 
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I’ve been tying some Gartside Hopper variants for high country trip but I’m planning on tying some in 4-6 too for bass.


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Post 28 Jun 2020, 15:33 • #7 
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Appreciate the replies.

The orange headed bug is a style I enjoy tying and fishing quite a lot, surface or with sink tip lines.

Checking out how tie the Cartside hopper for sure. Interesting pattern to adapt to a large size.


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Post 28 Jun 2020, 19:26 • #8 
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Kelly Galloup has a recent video that stirred my interest in the Gartside Hopper:

https://youtu.be/bervqeQ9JD0


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Post 30 Jun 2020, 23:13 • #9 
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For my larger bass flies some basic design elements are always used.
Buoyant hollow hair head. Deer belly hair or Elk. Often less densely packed than I see most tying.
Sparse durable midsection. This helps the hook point sit lower; I’m convinced this aids hook-ups. And it’s a great spot to grab with your pliers.
Maribou and other feathers Deceiver style, tied in at the rear of the hook to avoid fouling.


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Post 04 Jul 2020, 16:18 • #10 
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I tie a #6 to 10 double wing Caddis but i leave the head of the deerhair wing big and boxy


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Post 11 Jul 2020, 23:37 • #11 
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Casting profile



Floating profile



Super effective



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Post 12 Jul 2020, 13:05 • #12 
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These have been working for me this past Spring.










Cheers!


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Post 12 Jul 2020, 23:06 • #13 
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Nice. Floating or sink line?

I like patterns that have a relatively “narrow” profile when casting, but have volume in the water.


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Post 13 Jul 2020, 08:27 • #14 
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Swedish_Fish218 wrote:
Nice. Floating or sink line?

I like patterns that have a relatively “narrow” profile when casting, but have volume in the water.



sinking....always my first choice.

That's why I like fishing with bucktail, super easy to cast, yet has the presence in the water and pushes a bunch of water...kinda like your deer head on yours.


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Post 13 Jul 2020, 10:43 • #15 
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Great ties all. Clarkman that smallie is HUGE.


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Post 13 Jul 2020, 11:12 • #16 
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Dang that's a chunky smallie. Good job!


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Post 13 Jul 2020, 11:19 • #17 
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Post 13 Jul 2020, 14:36 • #18 
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spm1 wrote:
For smallmouth: crawfish.



that's a terrific minimalist crawfish, very nice..

all our smallmouth have gone deep for the summer, I battle to find them now in the deep reservoirs. In a month or so the shad spawn will have flooded the water with forage, and it's a lost battle to interest them in anything artificial..
which is a prolix way of saying I don't have any productive bass flies ;-)

tied up an imitation of a jig-n-pig, using a sculpin head, many wraps of marabou just behind, with mottled rubber legs, and a tail of pine squirrel plus more legs. This works sometimes if the fish are around,



for largemouth, best fly I have is a 5-6" streamer with a long deerhair head about 2", short sparkle chenille body, then tail of hackles tied Deceiver-style with some flashabou. It's a brute to cast though so often try to fish something else..



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Post 13 Jul 2020, 14:57 • #19 
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