LOCATION: Fishing a large river today. Today was a fun day on the water. WEATHER CONDITIONS: Overcast, cold, rainy with sleet. Smallmouth are my favorite fish, hands down. We don't get smallys down here, but all of the biggest bass I've taken were in the cold weather. There were a few periods of sun but mostly cloudy and gray. Born and raised in the great state of Michigan, Schultzy has been immersed in the outdoors his entire life. Hair Jigs Aren’t Just For Winter Smallmouth Anymore. WEATHER CONDITIONS: Air temperature low forties and cloudy. ROD & REEL: Nine-foot, 8 wt. let's try to keep your "first booger" posts at a minimum. I sweetened the fly by applying crawfish scent to the fabric claws to encourage the smallmouth to hold on longer and give me an extra split second to set the hook. Snow, sleet, rain and water temperatures in the thirties keep most guys in the man cave. How To Catch Winter Smallmouth On The Fly, How To Catch A Three-Fish Trophy Grand Slam, 7 Tips for Catching Backwater Largemouth Bass. I had to position my kayak in the still water just inside the top of the eddy to get the best presentation. This fly is essentially a Woolly Bugger on steroids and largemouth bass love … The rod has enough backbone to launch big flies and the reel has a super-smooth drag. Fly Fishing For Bass In March LOCATION: The river smallmouth are still in their wintering pools but will be moving to the shallower selections of the pools in preparation for the migration to spawning areas. 2. The water was high and green due to snowmelt. Jeff Gustafson. You want to share some ideas for the muddler and foam streamers? Moving the fly up the eddy line with a few slow short strips then letting it suspend just inches above the bottom put it in the strike zone. This enabled me to swing the fly inches in front of the ledge where water stacks up and the lazy winter fish were waiting patiently for an easy meal. I also like crazy charlies tied with either orange or white craft fur. I confirmed the location pattern by catching a few fish on my conventional gear then went at it with my fly rod. let's try to keep your "first booger" posts at a minimum. Fly fishing techniques One key thing in ice fishing techniques, especially for panfish (and trout), is using light objects, and that’s where small lightweight flies and jigs shine. Galloup’s Peanut Envy. PRESENTATION: Slow dragging crawfish fly on bottom. kind of self-explanatory, right? I have a class each month already set up through March, April, May and I will be adding a smallmouth … I cheated to swing the pendulum in my favor. By late fall, Smith switches to a 1/4-ounce homemade bucktail jig in crawfish colors for probing the deeper holes smallmouth move into for the winter. Late fall, early winter smallmouth. LOCATION PATTERN: Deep pockets of water around submerged small grass islands. Smallmouth bass will react favorably to the warming trends and these fish will move out of the winter holes and into transitionary water in mid to late March. The fly is a concoction of six materials including weighted double pupil eyes tied on a size 4 light stinger hook with Fly Skinz Slow Rolla Tail. This was a stretch for the intermediate sinking line and it took forever to get the fly on bottom even in the slow current. Overcast with cold rain and sleet. Faster rod casts big fly. Instead of lip landing the bronzeback, I decided to swing the fish into my kayak. There … Smallmouth enjoy (and thrive) in warmer temperatures. I set the hook and immediately felt a series of slow, wide headshakes signaling a big fish. WEATHER CONDITIONS: Air temperatures in low twenties with snow. The long leader makes it difficult to control the placement of my fly in front of the ledge. Most forage fish … Fly Fishing Winter Smallmouth in Missouri Close It seems like there is a cloud that hangs over smallmouth when the weather turns cold; now, I’m not talking about a literal fog, but a … The fish may move 30 miles or more, leaving entire stretches of the river devoid of smallmouth bass by late September. It started off as a way to fish small jigs and minnows to catch crappies in the winter. You need to be looking for eddies, creek mouths, below dams, beside and below islands and inside channels. It is cool when you get the opportunity to catch trout on dry flies in Minnesota in February, but these were not … In the smaller Kentucky streams a winter hole may only be 4 to 6 feet deep. ROD & REEL: Seven-foot, 11-inch 8 wt. WATER CONDITIONS: Stained, rising water. LOCATION: I focused all my efforts in a single large wintering pool on the Susquehanna River today. As the spoon drops to the bottom, scan your graph for bass streaking up to the lure. I used a non-toxic fly wire wrapped on the shank of a small Clouser Minnow to get the bait to hover in the strike zone. Winter river smallmouth fishing is not a hobby, it’s an affliction. The river level was high and the color of chocolate milk. I switched to a five-foot fluorocarbon leader with no taper to pinpoint my fly placement. How to Catch Monster Winter Smallmouths . Flies are an expected nuisance in the spring and summer, but some homeowners will find themselves in the midst of an infestation in cold winter months. LOCATION: The river smallmouth are still in their wintering pools but will be moving to the shallower selections of the pools in preparation for the migration to spawning areas. Orvis Recon w/ Orvis Access reel. Abandoning their summer haunts, fish may travel many miles downstream to slack-water hibernacula, where they will overwinter. Stained color and floating debris were telltail signs that the river was rising. Many smallmouth bass anglers turn to hair jigs in the winter because as they sit on the bottom, the hair flutters and appears to breathe. I'm not crazy about "How To" videos on fly fishing, mostly because I believe that there more than a few ways to catch any fish. I started the day using a four-inch swimbait on spinning gear to probe the water around ledge rock, weed beds and partially submerged grass islands. The float and fly presentation can come close at times, but the real thing is the real deal. "Charlie's idea was to target winter smallmouth bass specifically," Eddie recounts. Any other suggestions? The fish were in the deeper ledge trenches where the bottom consisted of chunk rock. We went up to Dale Hollow a couple weeks ago hoping the water temps was in the mid 40's. The line sinks but the flies suspend, so they are always in the target zone. High water moved the smallmouth to six- to eight-foot-deep bank eddies. Turkey LeechThis is one of my absolute favorite spring-creek flies. Porky’s Pet. Here is one response, written by Old Dog, that might help those thinking of making their first post understand a little bit about this place. Fishing For Smallmouth Bass In Winter: Vertical T actics. It is a big popper that really pops. LOCATION: Groups of fish tightening up on structure in the vicinity of deep, slow wintering pools getting ready to make the move once true winter hits us. BWOs seemed to do the trick for us. Let's take this from the top. Actually, the Float-N-Fly is the brainchild of Eddie Nuckols' older brother, Charlie, who was an avid bass angler and who desired to start his own lure business. You are fishing the the wrong baits. Swinging my fly across the front of ledges was the best presentation. What it entails is fishing a small “doll-fly” like jig under a fixed bobber on typically steep sloping banks, in hopes to target suspending smallmouth bass … Therefore, the best time to go fly fishing would be around spring or summer. Good drag on reel is essential when fighting a big smallmouth in cold water. The best presentation was slow dragging a crawfish fly tied with fabric claws and heavy 1/20-ounce dumbbell eyes. I caught a few fish today in the frigid January waters. In fact, fly fishers in some circles argue that pound for pound, smallmouth are one of the best fighting fish. LOCATION PATTERN: Ledges in the deepest and slowest part of pool. I fought the fish to the side of my kayak with several anglers looking on from the bank. LEADER: Five-foot, 10-pound fluorocarbon, no tapper. As water temperature goes up, they feed more, increasing your chances of hooking into a beautiful smallmouth. Through the ordeal, I kept a careful log of my successes and failures. His book River Kayak Fishing is due out spring 2017. If you want some perspective on what’s really going on, think about it like you would the float-and-fly that’s popular in Tennessee and the surrounding area. The best ledges were submerged in the top third of deep wintering pools with moderate to slow-moving current. Just a standard muddler? First you have to find the fish. LEADER: Five-foot, 10-pound fluorocarbon, no tapper. Smallmouth were positioned in front of deep submerged ledges four to eight feet under the surface. Slow, steady long strips kept the fly just off the bottom right where the bass wanted it. (RvW). Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 43223439_1249323695210373_5812729139777503232_n.jpg. Water at mid-level, so the fish could be anywhere. Jeff Gustafson. Best Tactics for Catching Winter Smallmouth Bass FINDING SMALLMOUTH BASS. The fishing is also tough. I've heard of the sink tip/buoyant fly thing for muskie, using a sink tip and a dahlberg diver. The river level was higher than normal but falling slowly. If you look for winter... WINTER FOODS. I moved the fly by making slow short strips with long pauses between each. Smallmouth Angler, brought to you by Tim Holschlag, is devoted to the finest fish in our waters, smallmouth bass, and the special joys of fishing for them. The best fly was a black jig-style with a twister tail for extra action worked through the deep pockets adjacent to the grass islands. In shallower waterways across the northern portions of the species’ range, smallmouth actually migrate. PRESENTATION: Swinging ledges. Orvis Clearwater with size IV Orvis Access reel. I picked up two smallmouth today. On some northern U.S. and Canadian rivers, migrating fish congreg… By late March, smallmouth can consistently be found holding in the middle of the water column behind mid-river boulders and along the edges of current seams where fast water meets slow water. Bass Popper. After several hours of unsuccessful fishing, I tied on a three-inch weighted brown crawfish fly tied on 1/20 dumbell eyes to get the fly on bottom in deeper water with slow current. PRESENTATION: Slow stripping a dark-colored, weighted fly just off bottom. Dropping a 3/4-ounce nickel hammered jigging spoon to the bottom and popping it off the lake floor is a productive wintertime smallmouth tactic. ROD & REEL: Seven-foot, 11-inch, 8 wt. LINE: Orvis Cold Water intermediate sinking line. This is a long shot but what the fuck. The Porky’s Pet is another spun-deer-hair bug. -jerome. LEADER: Five-foot, 10-pound fluorocarbon, no tapper. Use a float and fly, jig, or blade bait and slowly work the bottom. LINE: Orvis Cold Water intermediate sinking line. Water temperatures were in the high 30s with a slight stain. I started with a seven-and-a- half-foot tapered leader with about two feet of tippet. Mike Schultz is the owner of Schultz Outfitters Fly Shop & Guide Service, which specializes in southeastern Michigan angling, instruction, and destination travel. I know of two fellow anglers who have died doing it, skunkings are routine, ice destroys your gear, and it often angers my wife when I go in bad weather. Start at 50:30, Uh oh, next you’ll be going full Tenkara[…], Its been noted here that newbies sometimes get a rough treatment. There is a proven method that can produce some excellent winter action, It’s called the Float n’ fly(FNF) technique. The warm front draws the Smallmouth Bass to feed in the flowing water at the beginning or end of the wintering hole. They spend the winter in these holes in a semi-dormant state until the first warm weather arrives in front of late winter or early spring. I'd be happy to trade notes... Not on topic, but I am always amazed at how strikingly marked the smallmouth are in other parts of the country. Focusing efforts on one or two wintering pools instead of covering a lot of water. LEADER: 7.5-foot 2X nylon tapered leader, 12 inches of 10-pound fluorocarbon tippet. Bitching Room for Whiny People Who Bore Us to Tears. LEADER: Five-foot, 10-pound fluorocarbon, no tapper. The line remains subtle even in water temperatures in the thirties. A fishing guide explains how to catch your biggest smallmouth of the season—in the dead of winter WATER CONDITIONS: A little higher than normal and stained with low visibility. If you're still interested make your intro and join the fray. The cold weather period is perhaps both the best time to catch trophy bronzebacks and the most likely time for fishermen not to even receive one bite. Smallmouth Bass on Dry Flies. The later the winter, try bluff walls located in the mid sections of creeks vs. main lake bluffs. I figure lots of rabbit fur and slow retrieves. for it's full[…], https://youtu.be/PUk8F3koTuI You can hit the pond or river with a wide variety of bass patterns, but let's be honest: a … Smallmouths like warm water. I tried different sizes and colors of streamers with no luck. Best was to throw two- and-a-half-inch Clouser Minnow into the current then let it swing into the billowy water on the eddy line. Therefore, it is the best time to target them with flies. The reality is that the float-and-fly rig had been around for many years prior to Charlie popularizing the technique. WATER CONDITIONS: High and green. These are all hotspots for winter bass fishing in rivers for smallmouth bass. Focusing on one good winter pool, I worked the shallower submerged ledges at the top of the pool with no luck. Our season closed November 30, even if it didn't the water has gotten a little too hard for any kind of fishing that doesn't require an auger. Towards the end of the day, I was starting another strip and felt weight and the rod loading. Smallmouth Crayfish Flies in June. We seem to have some impressive thread-wrappers that lurk around this board. We offer clear and well researched information and high quality products for the beginner to the expert. WATER CONDITIONS: High, slightly stained. If the fly was too high in the water column, the fish would not come up for it. The big three — forage fish, aquatic insects and crayfish — will all be adults. We was looking to throw the floating fly and catch Smallmouth, but I’m lucky to live between the Juniata and Susquehanna rivers, world-famous smallie waters that stay liquid through the cold months. December 7, 2018. —Jed, HandCrafted With  and  By SiteSplat - Powered By phpBB. That takes some pretty serious tenacity to hang in there to get it done. By Bruce Ingram. Juan Veruete is a Wilderness Systems pro and guide at Kayakfishpa.com. Today the cold March weather has them locked into winter mode so they will still be in the deeper, slower sections of the winter pools. LINE: OrvisColdWaterintermediatesinking line. LINE: Orvis Cold Water intermediate sinking line. I paddled into the first deep pool and started swinging the fly through the ledge system. Use medium-sized shiners for smallmouth … Needmore: I would like to trade notes. Still, winters in central Pennsylvania are brutal. ROD & REEL: Eight-foot, 8wt. I started hitting fish around grass islands with deep-water pockets. Courtesy Jeff Gustafson. If you read the Winter Smallies On The Meramec River article you know that I was in Missouri and got a chance to catch a few winter smallmouths along with some rainbow trout. Drysuit weather again! Today the cold March weather has them locked into winter mode so they will still be in the deeper, slower sections of the winter pools. These past few weekends the fish were really keyed in on small dry flies. Temple Fork Outfitters “The Clouser” w/ Orvis Access reel. And that is definitely something that makes for a fun day of fly fishing! April 1, 2020 February 29, 2020 by Ian Anderson. All I can remember is holding the tattered leader in my hand and watching the thick-bodied smallmouth swim off into the depths. Tailraces Of Dams. I expected a light bite and a lot of pick-ups and drops. There is nothing in the world more fun than catching winter Smallmouth, especially when your fishing Dale Hollow where the world record Smallmouth was caught. These eggs hatch throughout the winter, and the little flies have nowhere to go but the home. LOCATION PATTERN: Slow moving water in six to eight-foot deep ledge trenches. My brain must have been frozen because I made a rookie mistake. PRESENTATION: Swing and suspend Clouser minnow in eddy line. Quite a review. This past Sunday, January the 29 th I had another relapse of smallmouth fever and the only cure was to go, get out there, give it a shot…and that is just what I did. Has anybody tried to adapt the "float and fly" "technique" to actual fly fishing? I'm looking to get after some river and creek smallmouth this winter. As we carefully drifted them into a pocket of slack water, near a down tree, the fish would slowly rise and delicately sip the flies off the surface. You have entered an incorrect email address! Panfish don’t have large mouths, and while at times they can be aggressive, they often are not in cold winter water. Photos by Bruce Ingram. Nothing out-fishes live bait for winter smallmouth bass on lakes such as Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow or Laurel River Lake, no matter how many new lures come down the pike. Some species of flies, such as face and cluster flies, lay eggs in the cracks and crevasses of a home. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. WEATHER CONDITIONS: Air temperatures in the thirties and cloudy. I always enjoy Juan’s posts. Best Time to Go Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass. "All I feel is a slight hope that a giant, shunned, sexually deviant Cryptid will start enforcing his own perverted justice for crimes against nature." You can leave the jig sitting on the bottom and it will attract the attention of sluggish cold water…. Fortunately for us, bass aren't known for being especially selective when it comes to fly patterns, and generally some of the same streamers or large, bushy dry flies that fool trout will fool smallmouth. Coldwater gives the fish lockjaw; success will take a hundred hours and a thousand casts. I found smallmouth in slow moving water that was six to eight feet deep. Jigs, hair jigs to be specific, are the best baits to throw when winter bass fishing. Logging countless hours on the water each year, Schultzy has developed a vast knowledge of Midwestern waters and beyond. WEATHER CONDITIONS: Sunny and warmer than usual. my bed is... but I sleep just fine. ROD & REEL: Eight-foot, nine-inch, 8wt.TempleFork Outfitters “The Clouser” with Orvis Access reel. Besides, Spring is the spawning season; thus, they will be feeding more. I guess being fat and ugly isn't enough for the powder monkey - hes got to be an asshole too. Very distinct pattern to the location. Not necessarily the same technique that you have referenced, but I do quite well in cold months with a Teent-350 on an 8-weight rod with marabou muddlers ( and foam streamers). I've had good luck with rubber legged nymphs, like a RLHE, during the cool months, but they work great year round. Kayak Angler is the world's leading kayak fishing magazine and the number one source for fishing kayak reviews, rigging and tactics for saltwater and freshwater species, plus industry news and fishing reports on what's biting near you. Cold and overcast today. Water temperature was 36 degrees. Cold, muddy water made the strike zone small. LOCATION: Fishing a smaller river today. What started as a personal challenge turned into a learning experience and one hell of a fish story. Angling for Virginia’s wintertime river smallmouths is a paradox. winter smallmouth flies kind of self-explanatory, right? Moving to the deepest and slowest part of the pool, I made long casts and waited for fly to get on bottom. When he finds smallmouth staging in the open channel, Smith favors throwing bottom-bouncing lures such as a tube bait or plastic worm. LINE: Orvis Access Weight Forward Floating to turn over big flies. Wintering locations are smaller and hold less fish. Despite all of this, it’s my favorite time to get after the smallmouth. Smallmouth have moved into deep wintering pools. Orvis Recon with size IV Orvis Access reel. I fished my fly through the still water of the eddy with no luck. We seem to have some impressive thread-wrappers that lurk around this board. Many folks think smallmouth migrate out of current in the winter, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. WATER CONDITIONS: High, muddy water with almost no visibility. I have had numerous requests this winter for a smallmouth crawdad/crayfish class. Best wintering locations are deep eddies along the bank. After you read this take a moment (or two or three) and look around and get a sense of this place. LOCATION PATTERN: Front edge of deep, submerged ledges. As rivers cool below 57 degrees, dramatic changes in smallmouth bass behavior occur. LOCATION PATTERN: Billowy water on eddy lines. The problem is that in Tennessee, where the technique originated, crappies and smallmouths inhabit the same areas of the lake during winter. Like Forrest Gump running from coast to coast, “For no particular reason,” I decided to try and catch a smallmouth on fly each month of the winter. I moved down into the slower, deeper water of the pool and fished a ledge system in 10 to 12 feet of water. PRESENTATION: Slow dragging crawfish fly on the bottom. It is super buggy looking and just …

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