by Capt. Leo Wright
Top water tactics for Smallmouth bass fishing on the fly may be this fisherman’s favorite challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I love all species: the famed steelhead of West Michigan’s waters, bonefish on the flats of Belize, or striper in my native New England. If it’s fishing, I’m in. It’s written everywhere that smallmouth are about the hardest fighting fish, pound for pound. Having chased many species on a multitude of waterways, I agree wholeheartedly.
Smallmouth are opportunistic feeders. They utilize chameleon-like trickery, coupling camouflage with excellent daytime vision to pounce upon their prey. A sensitive lateral line provides keen detective abilities. These attributes require anglers to adopt a few special tactics. Read the rest of my article on Top Water Tactics for Smallmouth Bass here: Scientific Anglers
Check out this informative article by my good friend and fly fishing Pro Jerry Darkes. Jerry explains the keys to stalking smallmouth bass on the flats of the Great Lakes. See here in Fly Fisherman Magazine.