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…]