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How To Select Your Next Bass Rod
Bass are ambush fish. Productive bass fishing demands pin-point casting accuracy. Bass often live surrounded by dense cover. Usually the angler is targeting small openings in this cover.
Placing the fly where it is most vulnerable or irritating to a bass is very important if you want to catch it. If the fly lands in exactly the right spot the first cast, it will often get an instant strike. A presentation that takes several casts to get the fly into play is less effective.
A fly rod is the perfect weapon for bass sight fishing. It can be a rapid fire instrument rendering pin-point accuracy. Selecting a rod and line combination that performs smoothly in all your normal casting ranges is important. Few casts of over 40' are required. Super fast rods are not an asset. They give a herky-jerky presentation that destroys accuracy.
Bass flies are larger than most trout flies. Casting bulky poppers and hair bugs takes practice. It also take the right rod and line combination to enable you to preform at your best. Often loading your rod with a heavier fly line can be useful. A heavier line will slow your rod down and provide the energy needed to launch larger, bulkier flies.
Bass come in a wide
variety of sizes. Most Oregon bass are 1 to 3 pounds.
These small to medium size bass seem to prefer poppers and hair bugs in
the size #6 and #8 range. A #5 to #6 fly rod is ideal for fish of this size.
It is always handy to have two rods rigged. One rod should be
equipped with a floating line and the other should be equipped with a
sinking line. That way bass can be fished at a variety of depths
without restringing your rod.
|Bass love to feed on Leeches. Leeches can be crawled slowly across the bottom with a sinking line. This approach works best early in the season before weeds start to grow. As the water warms and vegetation starts to grow, a floating line is often better. In the spring when bass are on the beds, a leech dropped into a nest will usually bring a strike. After the spawn, cast to drop-offs and let the|
|fly slowly settle and jig it gently. Takes can be very soft. The angler has to be aware of any change of tension on the line.|
INFORMATION on Local
New fly fishers need all of the help they can get. (We all do). The Sage Discovery Series is designed to be easy to cast with. There is a model for nearly every fly fishing situation.
scorching glare of mid-day radiates from the slow moving water.
Lifeless bodies are strewn upon the grizzly surface.
This is surely the carnage of some terrible cataclysm, or the
scene of a holocaust. Flotsam and wreckage keep pace with bubbles and scum.
Corpses are heaped upon corpses.
In places where the wind and currents meet the shore, the dead
are blown into rafts so thick that the tightly packed bodies are
indistinguishable from one another.
Only a few lucky ones survive, and they
quickly flee to the shade of the trees.
One by one they depart. To
stay in the sun is sure death from dehydration.
Some, trapped in the meniscus and not quite dead, wriggle in
agony. Others smother
slowly, wrapped helplessly in the membrane of rebirth.
A few of their kin ride the surface, unable to fly with broken or
deformed wings. They reside
in quiet desperation as the relentless sun sucks the fluids from their
parched, aching bodies. Thus
carcasses cover the surface of the huge slow pool.
Left only is food for the scavengers.
The scavengers come lazily.
No need to hurry; there is enough for all.
Long, sleek and spotted they lounge just below the surface,
sipping in the dying, one by one. The
feast is Pale Morning Dun, served helpless but alive.
Three fat, lazy “Red Side Trout”
lie in the shade of an alder two feet from the shore. The glassy surface is an endless conveyer of food brought by
the slow steady current. Beside
the Pale Morning Duns, there are two species of caddis in unbelievable
numbers and a smattering of small yellow stone flies to complement the
menu. After an orgy in the
darkness, the caddis had oviposited early in the morning.
Now all are quite dead from exhaustion as they ride the surface.
The caddis and stones are ignored by the trout, which prefer the
more succulent flesh of the living Duns.
Dozens of tiny morsels pass each trout each minute.
This hatch lasts for over an hour while
I sit in the shade under an alder six feet from the feeding fish,
watching them through my seven-power high-resolution binoculars.
Not one cripple gets past the trout.
Not one healthy mayfly is eaten.
Like wolves feeding on Caribou, where
the very young, very old or infirmed are selected, trout are
opportunistic predators. They
capitalize on the maximum intake of protein for the least amount of
energy expended and the least amount of risk taken.
If you would like to read a more detailed Deschutes River Fishing Report, click here.
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|The weather is turning hot. The Sandy is colored from glacial melt. Steelhead fishing in the lower river is off when visibility is less that 3 feet. Trout fishing in the upper basin tributaries has picked up with the warmer water. Expect may fly and caddis hatches most evenings. There is no fishing pressure.|
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