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Fly Fishing for Largemouth Bass

The basic equipment that you will need to start your experience into fly fishing of bass comprises the rod, the reel, a line, a leader and the fly, including a reel of tippet, line cleaner and dressing. There are different types of rods to choose from. A fast action one permits the caster to boost the distance of the cast by throwing tighter loops.

Slow and medium rods let the caster feel the weight of the rod which will help him develop the rhythm needed in fly casting. A largemouth bass will easily be caught using a nine foot rod with eight or nine weight while a smallmouth bass can be found using a nine foot rod with a six or seven weight. To be able to catch both without changing rods, it is suggested that the choice of rod depend on the size of the biggest fly that you will use. In whatever rod you choose, make sure that it is one that you are comfortable with since it is how you use it and enjoy it that makes fly fishing a pleasant and fun sport.

With fly reels, the same principle is applied. Not all expensive ones will help you fly fish better. Find a reel that you are comfortable to handle and which you are quite sure will be able to help you fish. Extra spools are a must, which are cheap and easily bought. Instead of having multiple reels, you can have different spool weights which will be much cheaper.

With the numerous types of fly lines in the market, you can start with a weight-forward bass bug taper. This equipment is usually pricey but as with other equipment, it just needs the proper care to prolong its life, using a line cleaner and dressing. Before fishing, the line should be stretched for optimum performance, and should not exceed two weights heavier than the rod.

The flies are quite expensive to get, almost as much as the price of the crankbait. You can utilize a couple of top water bugs and streamers, ranging with the size of size 6 to 20. Deer hair on the top flies will allow it to stay afloat all day. The barb on the fly can be bent to avoid accidents and make solid hook sets easier to handle. Eye protection is a must and awareness of where you cast travels to so as to avoid any untoward accident.

Once you start fly fishing, and get your first fish, pull the fly away from the bass. Bass will put up a good fight so you have to be prepared to reel it in. Keep the tip of your rod low towards the water and pointed at the fly, the line having no slack, so when the fish strikes, you are able to pull the line with you line hand and the rod in opposite directions. If the fish tries to hide in the weeds, a sideway pressure is needed, towards where you want the fish to go. Tap the rod to let the fish go towards it, since they usually swim toward the pressure.

By remembering these tips, it will sure help a great deal in fly fishing landing you a bass all on your own.


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