Archives for July 2017

Let’s Look Back: Good Casting is Still the Key – Part 1

For several years they used to hang a big balloon on ribbons in front of the auditorium where the Bassmasters Classic was being held.  Nobody got to go in until I cast and busted the balloon.  Here's what happened at the exact time I nailed it.  Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

For several years they used to hang a big balloon on ribbons in front of the auditorium where the Bassmasters Classic was being held. Nobody got to go in until I cast and busted the balloon. Here’s what happened at the exact time I nailed it. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

It’s easy to recall the first time I talked to Terry Battisti about the possibility of me doing a column for his then new Bass Fishing Archives.

Our visit was in the early days of this website not too long after Terry had founded the BFA (Bass Fishing Archives) and got things going.  I was amazed at a guy his age could have the tremendous amount of bass fishing history he packs around in his head. [Read more…]

Let’s Look Back: Fly Rod Bass – Part 4

My own bugging for bass often produced fish about the size of the one you see here.  Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

My own bugging for bass often produced fish about the size of the one you see here. Photo Stan Fagerstrom.

The weeks of spring and early summer offer by far the best opportunity for anglers going after bass with a fly rod.  The best times are going to vary, of course, depending on the part of the country you’re talking about.

In the Pacific Northwest, where I did almost all of my fly rodding for bass, largemouth spent lots of time in the shallows from April on through July.  And it’s in the shallows where bass bugging is at its best.

As I advised in my previous column, always look for bass around cover.  You’re wasting time fishing open water.  Cover can be darn near anything from a single piling to bridge abutments to pockets in the lily pads or reeds. [Read more…]