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Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
2. Giant Black Stoneflies
3. Light Cahills
4. Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
6. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. American March Browns
8. Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams)
9. Little Yellow Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
10. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11. Inch Worms
Fly Fishing School - Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass
Fly Fishing for smallmouth bass is right at the top of the list for many anglers. Pound for pound, they are
considered the strongest fighters of any freshwater fish by many anglers. Catching a five pound smallmouth
on a 5 or 6 weight fly rod is something you want forget quickly, if ever. This particular category of fly fishing
is growing from year to year. There are still many very good smallmouth bass lakes and streams that are yet
to be discovered by anglers. Many of these are near the Smokies. These fish can be very aggressive and
very acrobatic. A large smallmouth will take a fly and skyrocket into the air on occasions.
Spring is probably the best time of the year to go fly fishing for smallmouth bass. Fall can be good, but
Spring is tops in most areas of the country. Much of this has to do with the spawn and the fact that the
smallmouth will get into water that is as shallow as one to three feet. It depends on the location, but in
general the smallmouth bass will start feeding in the shallows during April. Once the water temperatures
reach about fifty degrees, they will start moving shallow and feeding some. By May, you can expect most
shallow water in smallmouth territory to be occupied by aggressively feeding fish.
In some streams and lakes, these smallmouth can be sight-fished. You can quietly move a small boat around
in the shallows and spot fish to cast to. In lakes these smallmouth are usually from three to six feet deep, but
again, it depends on the lake and clarity of the water. In clear water they can often be spotted cruising along
feeding on baitfish. This type of fishing is best done using an intermediate sinking fly line and a streamer.
Of course, the smallmouth come into the shallows to spawn as well as eat and you can often catch them
during the pre-spawn time using sight-fishing tactics. During this time, the smallmouth are found mostly on
the flats of a lake. These mallmouth spawn in water ranging from four to six feet in most clear lakes but
they can be found much shallower in lakes that have some color in the water. I have caught large, spawning
smallmouth bass in Pickwick Lake in north Alabama in water as shallow as two feet.
In most lakes, the smallmouth will continue to feed on the flats in relatively shallow water until near the end of
June. At that time they will move to deeper water varying from eight to thirty foot deep depending on the
location. Fly fishing can be tough during the hot summer when the smallmouth are deep. You can
use sinking lines and still catch them if you can find them, but it requires a lot more skill and effort.
During the Fall when the water begins to cool off in the shallows, they will return to the shallow flats of a lake
or shallow water in a river where they can again be caught on flies on or near the surface. This occurs more
on streams than it does in lakes but it depends on the lake. During these times they will take popping
bugs, the action can be very exciting. There are few things in fishing to compare with a four or five pound
smallmouth on a fly rod.
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Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies -
Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
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2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
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