The September, 1985 issue of Smallmouth was a full six pages filled with a lot of good content and hardly any advertisements. In fact, advertisements to date had been limited to a half column ad for companies such as Kunnan Rods, Fish Formula and Bass Hunter Lures.
Issue 9 starts off with a piece by Al Smith on fly rod smallmouth. It’s a good article on what is needed to target the brown fish in small, rarely fished streams. It’s another example of how Tom Rodgers was trying to get everyone involved with bass fishing, fly rodders included.
The second page hosted Smallmouth staff writer Billy Westmorland and his monthly column. Unlike all his other columns to date, Westmorland wrote this one on what it takes to film his show, Billy Westmorland’s Fishing Diary. Although not informative on fishing, per se, he did go into what it took for him to produce one of his shows.
The rest of the newsletter contains a piece on Norris Lake legend Harry Burden, how to target smallmouths in weeds, how to use the wind for success, and a couple of conservation articles from around the U.S.
The full issue can be viewed below. Remember to click on the pictures to view readable versions.