Mike G Posted January 3, 2010 Report Share Posted January 3, 2010 Though I used to say,”Buck sez,” I may sing a different tune this year. Santa brought me Lefty Kreh’s book, Fly Fishing for Bass, Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Exotics. I have read it cover to cover twice now. Needless to say, I like the book. First I do not think there is a better authority on the subject among the living. Next it is a perfect match for my style of fishing, both Smallmouths and Largemouths being my favorite targets. Finally, there is Lefty’s no nonsense style. The best way to show that is with a sample. “Fish Larger than 12 Inches “Some of the same flies that appeal to smallmouths of less than 12 inches will take larger bass. Such patterns must be tied much bigger, of course. Remember, while it’s true that elephants eat peanuts, they don’t make a living off them. If you fish with small flies you will catch mostly small bass. Bigger bass are caught most of the time on larger flies. This is h a hard lesson to learn, but it’s an important fact that bears repeating: If you want to catch bigger bass, fish with larger flies. “Having said that let me suggest that when you are trying for smallmouth bass (and largemouth bass, too) that exceed a foot in length, most underwater flies should be at least 3-1/2 inches long, and many times flies from 4 to 5-1/2 inches will appeal to bass whose weight exceeds say, two pounds. Consider that a Rapala plug or a seven-inch plastic worm is eagerly attacked by biggers mallmouths. So a four-inch fly isn’t really a large one. Yet, there is a tendency for many bass fly fishermen to fish underwater with smaller patterns ranging from 1-3/4 to 2-1/2-inches long. And they wonder why they catch so few big fish!” (Page 44) I hope this wets your appetite. You have to read the book to find out why Lefty does not include surface flies under the big fly rule. What is his take on other gear? What about weedless flies? It is a great book that warms up the sub-zero nights we have been having. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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