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Some Flies for Early Season Bass
2006/9/9 17:32
From Gettysburg
Posts: 10261
Although spring seems to be slow coming on this year (big river water temps have dropped this week).....pre-spawn bass fishing should kick in soon. The conventional wisdom among spin guys is that, this time of year, a dark colored hair jig is top game for river smallies. I agree. Personally, I like minnow imitating flies during the colder months and agree that dark colors are highly effective. Fish 'em low and slow.
Anyway, here's some recent ties from the ole vise. They're just Clousers but I like a mix of synthetic and natural materials - in this case, black marabou and rabbit for the underside and SF Flashblend for wing and red/brown bucktail for overwing. The flies are about 3" long. While I like big streamers for bass in fall, typically 3-5 inches, don't go too big this time of year.

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Posted on: 2013/3/18 20:44

Re: Some Flies for Early Season Bass

2013/2/13 9:42
From Mercer, Pa
Posts: 70
hard to think about bass fishing with all the ice/snow/sleet/hail we got today....

awesome ties though!

Posted on: 2013/3/18 22:48

Re: Some Flies for Early Season Bass

2010/2/15 19:09
From Ohio
Posts: 800
Yeah, hard to think about bass now. There are too many distractions. I'm all about steelhead this time of year and starting to think about spring trout. I don't start fishing for bass until after trout fishing slows down as we move into summer. I do love those streamers though, nice ties.

Posted on: 2013/3/19 7:04

Re: Some Flies for Early Season Bass

2008/6/8 19:45
From Pittsburgh
Posts: 1496
Very nice Dave. What hook do you like for your freshwater Clousers? Something with a longer shank than a typical saltwater deep minnow?

Posted on: 2013/3/19 8:53

Re: Some Flies for Early Season Bass

2011/7/6 12:30
From Ephrata, PA
Posts: 6868
Man I am so ready for the pre-spawn. I can't wait! Got me a new (to me...40 year old) 8wt ready to go!

Posted on: 2013/3/19 8:54

Re: Some Flies for Early Season Bass

2006/9/13 22:36
From Tioga co. formerly of bucks co.
Posts: 5913
way its looking early bass here will be July !!

Posted on: 2013/3/19 9:03

So many Fish, So little time !!!
from the outer edge of nowhere
fly tying and fishing ghillie..

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