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Favorite flies for smallies?

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Never fished for SMB with a fly rod and was wondering what the best flies were. Open to suggestions, recipes, pics etc.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2013/3/4 21:19


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Last year was my first year flyfishing for smallies. I gained a whole lot of confidence in a size 4 Chartruese/White Deep Clouser Minnow. I think I caught about 90% of my bass on this pattern. The bad part was I really didn't give any other patterns much of a chance. Smallies on the fly are a whole lot of fun! Good luck.

Posted on: 2013/3/4 22:22


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Chartreuse and White Clousers work wonders! I am also a fan of a brown or olive whooly bugger. Any crayfish imitations should work well too!

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Have some poppers too. I like the slender "pencil" type versions with a cupped front. I've found that conventional poppers tend to hook a lot of fish deeply. You can't beat yellow.

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Depends on the water size. Medium streams, I love a size 6-8 foam hopper with rubber legs or a gurgler for on top. Streamer-wise, I used to almost exclusively fish a white and chartreuse clouser, but now I fish a sz 6 black zonker with a sink tip and swing it. Very relaxing way to fish compared to the frantic stripping and hauling involved with a heavily weighted 2-1/0 clouser. I do most of my fishing on medium streams, but for rivers I rarely fish topwater stuff. I usually tend to go with the clouser on bigger water. You dont have to go big to catch big smallies. I spent most of 2012 fishing small flies and I had one of my better seasons of smallies. Surface smallie fishing is just about as good as it gets.

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How could I have forgotten to mention poppers?! I LOVE POPPERS FOR SMALLIES!!

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Probably be doing the majority of my fishing on the conewago or conodoguinet, possibly Sherman's.

Posted on: 2013/3/5 17:19
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I had a blast last summer catching smallies in Shermans Creek. (and some big fallfish too) 16-17" fallfish are a whole lot of fun on a 5 wt.

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#2 or #6 black, olive, white, or tan wooly bugger. Add some rubber "legs" and it gets even better. Streamer fishing is a blast for smallies because the takes can be vicious! A "default" streamer, as mentioned, is a Clouser "Deep minnow" in chartreuse and white.

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Clousers, buggers, poppers in various sizes or colors. SMBs are usually not very selective. I would also have some bigger nymphs, like stonefly patterns in case the fish are neutral and you need to slow down and spoon feed them.

Posted on: 2013/3/6 7:51


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What makes a "deep" minnow as opposed to a regular clouser? Again, thank you for the help.

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Quote:

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What makes a "deep" minnow as opposed to a regular clouser? Again, thank you for the help.


They're the same fly. The official name is "Clouser Deep Minnow" which folks just shorten to "clouser."

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Dont worry guy. Ill get ya set up with the smallie flies.

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I've taken more than enough of your flies.

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