It’s Time to Kick Some Bass

This post is by Mike Hodge

Fly fishing for bass is fun. It’s easy and fairly rewarding for very little effort. But tying bass flies takes time at the vise.
Anyone who’s tried to knock out a deer-hair frog knows the tediousness of the task at hand.
So why not fish more and tie less? Blackfly Outfitter has you covered with an assortment of bass flies, dozens of different patterns to cover all of your warm-water fishing situations, including foam poppers, spiders, custom deer-hair patterns and sub-surface imitations.
One of the most popular options is the deer-hair swim frog by Umpqua. The spun deer hair, prominent eyes and splayed saddle hackle yield life-like movements when stripped through the water with long pauses that can entice your quarry into heart-thumping strikes.

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Any angler worth a farthing knows bass like frogs. They also like dragon flies. And the go-to pattern for that imitation is the Umpqua damsel fly, in chartreuse and blue. Dragon flies are a staple of the southern largemouth bass’ diet. Anywhere there’s water, there’s usually dragon flies buzzing around. Clumsy ones usually get eaten. And the good thing about damsel imitations is their versatility. You can use them in Florida for bass, or you can use them if you make a trip to the Carolina’s where smallmouth and freshwater trout roam. Both like damsel flies.
Bass, however, are the name of the game in freshwater close to home in the Sunshine State. Fishing for them early or late around your work schedule is a convenient angling option, when you’re pressed for time or simply want to try the long rod with minimal effort.
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Come by and see the staff at Blackfly to find out what’s going on where. They’ll set you up with whatever you need.
— Mike Hodge

De-barb your hooks

If anglers would only crimp the barbs on your hooks, surgery or hook removal by the captain would not be necessary. Long ago I was informed that the only reason the hook companies put a barb on the hook was to keep the bait on. Since then (nearly 30 years) I don’t remember loosing a fish because of no barb. Even if you do loose a fish, so what! Especially if your fishing in a foreign country and wouldn’t want to interrupt your trip to go to a hospital.
This is better for the fish and your body. You’ll also learn to keep proper pressure on the fish.
Try it!

Don't let this be you!
Don’t let this be you!

Best of Both Worlds: The Thomas & Thomas Exocett

This post submitted by: Mike Hodge

Photo by Meredith McCord
Photo by Meredith McCord

Thomas & Thomas’ motto is “the rod you will eventually own.” Their belief is by the time you try other fly rods, you, the customer, will want the Thomas & Thomas brand.

T&T’s quality consistently shines brighter than the competition. After all, the Massachusetts-based company has been making fine fly rods since the late 1960s. They do so one rod at a time, with painstaking attention to handcrafted detail, from the butt section to the tip.

So it is with the Exocett saltwater series. If you want a rod that’s sensitive enough to cast well for all skill levels, but strong enough to handle everything from tarpon to tiger fish, the Exocett is for you. Trouble turning over those bushy tarpon patterns?
The Exocett can help you punch through that afternoon wind — without wear and tear on your shoulder. Furthermore, the Exocett has proven its durability world-wide, slaying giant trevally and monster tuna in the Seychelles.

The Exocett is known for its performance, but it has a sleek, sexy design as well. The 9-foot, four-piece setup features a matte blue, low-friction finish.

Then there’s the T&T commitment to personal customer service, prompt, yet thoughtful. Fittingly, T&T prides itself on American craftsmanship, innovation and quality. Every rod is 100 percent American made. None of the materials are imported. Not even the graphite.

Stop by Blackfly Outfitter to check out the Exocett series, weights 7-12. You won’t be disappointed.