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.
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.
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