October Bass Fly Special
October is one of my favorite months to fish for smallmouth bass.
Many of the large bass are moving from the shallow water along the river banks to the 4 to 6 feet deep pools between the river-crossing ledges.
I wade into the river below the downstream ledge and fan my casts up and up and across stream with 40 to 50 feet casts. I swim my flies back downstream right along the stream bottom by stripping them slightly faster than the current is pushing. It is very important to use streamers that are designed to fish upstream as well as down and across stream so I can effectively mimic the swimming action of the real minnows. My most effective patterns are the Murray's Tungsten Marauder in black, pearl, or olive size 4 and Murray's Olive Strymph size 4. These are all tied on a long shank hook with ostrich. (Streamers tied with marabou tend to fold back on themselves as the strong currents play on them when they are fished upstream and are not effective.)
Special includes 3 of each:
*Tungsten Cone Head Marauder Black size 4
*Tungsten Cone Head Marauder Olive size 4
*Tungsten Cone Head Marauder Pearl size 4
*Murray's Olive Strymph size 4
*with 2 FREE Bright Butt 9ft 2X Leader