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    FlyBass.com focuses on tips, techniques, and equipment for successful fly fishing for smallmouth and Largemouth bass, as well as trout, salmon and saltwater…

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    Check out our postings on the latest breakthroughs when pursuing bass with a fly rod.

  • Flies 

    Lists of effective flies for smallmouth and largemouth bass fly fishing.

    • Bass/Trout Hoppers 

      Hoppers and Hopper-Poppers! Live hoppers were a mainstay for trout and smallmouth fishermen through the years. Traditional deerhair hopper patterns such as…

    • Bass Poppers 

      Surface Poppers: Without a doubt, these are everyone's favorites! Nothing beats the visual excitement of a fish exploding on the surface. At other times…

      • Poppers 

        Cupped Faced - Poison Ivey Poppers - shown Foam poppers are the new standard for most surface bass fishing and are used extensively in saltwater, as well.…

    • Sliders & Divers 

      SlidersThese flies offer a subtle lazy motion you can’t get with “faced” poppers. Sliders can be moved very slowly. If the normal popper is not effective,…

    • Subsurface Flies 

      Sub-Surface Bass Flies Streamers: Probably the most effective all around fly - period - for bass and northern (and most other fish) is the streamer. Streamers…

      • Red & White Hackle Fly 

        AKA: Homer Rhodes Tarpon Fly Lefty Kreh says the Red & White Hackle Fly is his favorite for smallmouth bass under most conditions. This fly goes back to…

    • Traditional Flies 

      Traditional flies, historically used for trout, is the origin of fly fishing for bass.  Early accounts of bass fly fishing in the literature show anglers…

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    • World Record 

      The Mystery of the World Record Smallmouth Bass No one has beaten the world record for smallmouth bass that was set by David Hayes on one sunny July afternoon…

    • Smallmouth Bass 

      Smallmouth-At-A-Glance Here’s a brief look at the life cycle of the smallmouth bass. Scientific name: Micropterus dolomieu - Micropterus means "small fin"…

    • Trophy 

      Trophy Smallmouth Bass True trophy smallmouth bass are considered fish over five pounds and usually over 21 inches in length. Fish 20 inches and over are…

    • State Record Smallmouth 

      State Record Smallmouth Bass State Weight Length Location Smallmouth Angler Date Tennessee 11 lbs 15 oz   Dale…

  • Fly Tying 

    Tying Flies for Smallmouth Bass When considering flies for smallmouth or largemouth bass, poppers are generally the first choice due to the visual excitement.…

    • Fly Tying Basics 

      Fly Tying Basics Note: Much of the information presented here comes from Derek Porter of derekspace.net! Derek has produced one of the most straight forward…

    • Seasonal Patterns - Bass Flies 

      Throughout the season, certain bass flies work particularly well. Here’s a short list of flies for your arsenal that always seem to have their place…

  • Strategies 

    Fly fishing strategies for bass and other warm water species. Smallmouth Bass River Strategies “The beginner must learn to look with eyes that see.…

    • Top Water 

      Top Water Smallmouth Fly Fishing If you’re joining us from the trout fraternity, you are in for a treat! Remember all those days with your vest fly pad…

    • Sub-Surface 

      Basic Selection of Sub-Surface Flies This section deals with fishing just under to mid levels within the water column. Here we generally work any number of…

    • Deep Water 

      Deep Water Techniques - Fly Fishing Smallmouth When encountering deep pools, runs and other situations where you must fish deeper than five feet - certain…

    • Water Temperature 

      How to Adjust to Water Temperature & Weather Variation Water temperature has a profound effect on the general movement and feeding habits of all cold-blood…

    • Flow Rates 

      Stream Flow Rates The following information is from the United States Geological Survey. A ton of info on water resources can be found here. In addition,…

  • Methods 

    Methods of Pursuit Popular Ways to Fly Fish for Smallmouth Wading Floating Casting Trip Tips There are three ways to fly fish smallmouth, still…

    • Wading 

      Wading for Smallmouth Bass “When the angler wades he becomes a part of the stream and its life and the more he fishes a fine stretch of water the…

    • Fighting Fish 

      For some, the best part of the experience is fighting and sometimes landing a fish that has made a strong accounting for itself. These fish fighting techniques…

    • Floating 

      Fly Fishing Float Trips: Heaven on Earth - Let the River Take You There Is there anything better than gliding down a nice river on a warm summer day? For…

      • Trip Tips 

        Fishing Float Trips: Checklist River Float Check List: Some items are obviously optional, some are absolutely essential in our view ( those bolded). On our…

    • Watercraft 

      Float Watercraft: What to Consider Canoes: Versatile Tough Portable Equitable 1-3 passengers Transportable Inexpensive Comfortable Versatile:…

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    Here are a number of fishing and fly tying techniques to make life easier for all of us. Feel free to send me some of your own! Email them to info@flybass.com.

    • Tying Tips 

      General Fly Tying Tips from Harry Murray. I mash the barb down on all of my hooks as I’m starting to tie a fly if that style hook can’t be purchased as…

    • Anti-Bug Tips 

      Top Ten Tips for Bugs Cover UpCover your skin as completely as possible. Wear shoes, long sleeves and long pants with the cuffs tucked into socks. Men and…

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    Sport Tubes - Hard Case Transportation Systems   Ideal for both recreational fishermen and professional guides. Two Styles: Double Haul Rod Case and the…

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  • Category: Recent Trips  (19)
    • New Water by: brad

      June 3, 2017, 19:28

      Fishing unknown water can be intimidating at first, so it's best to have a plan when approaching a new river.

    • Bum Trips - A Tough Pill to Swallow by: brad

      February 29, 2016, 18:46

      You spend a bunch of your hard-earned money on a far flung fishing destination and dream about big fish and screaming reels for months before the trip.

    • Don't Be A Patient Fly Fisherman! by: brad

      August 6, 2015, 20:36

      Don't flog the water to death with the same fly that worked last week...

    • High Water Hassles by: brad

      September 5, 2014, 15:11

      The weather around the country seems to be heading for extremes. Some parts of the U. S. are parched with wild fires and historic droughts. Some of these…

    • Tough Luck Smallmouth by: brad

      August 1, 2014, 21:21

      We executed a three team assault on a regional tributary of the Mississippi yesterday on July 31. We've been smitten with high water for the second year in a…

    • Baby Tarpon - Campeche, Mexico by: brad

      December 17, 2013, 16:49

      I'm staring out the window dumbfounded by the 1 1/2 feet of snow and high winds. This time last week, we were spanking tarpon in Campeche, Mexico. The baby and…

    • Early Fall River Smallmouth Fly Fishing by: brad

      October 3, 2013, 21:28

      Fly Fishing for Mississippi Smallmouth in Early October Yesterday we fished a section of the Mississippi north of Monticello, MN. The forecast called for some…

    • Early Autumn Spin Fishing Smallmouth by: brad

      September 27, 2013, 16:11

      We floated a section of the upper Mississippi a few days ago for late summer/early fall smallmouth. Since it was extremely windy, we opted for heavier…

    • Late Summer Kayak for Smallmouth by: brad

      August 26, 2013, 18:33

      It is late August in north central Minnesota and the mild summer has finally turned hot during these dog days. Temperatures in the 90's with high humidity is…

    • Smallmouth Bass - The Hard Way - And a Blackjack! by: brad

      August 10, 2013, 18:30

      We are all faced with days when the fish have lock jaw. You can return to a body of water that, only days before was hotter than a pistol, only to find the…

    • Ultimate Mormon Cricket for Fly Fishing Smallmouth Bass! by: brad

      July 26, 2013, 13:18

      Smallmouth Bass FlyFishing with the Ultimate Mormon Cricket The phenomenal Ultimate Mormon Cricket for smallmouth bass fly fishing. My brother and I floated…

    • The Murdich Minnow for Smallmouth Bass by: brad

      July 18, 2013, 16:16

      We floated a small river yesterday in central Minnesota. I've fished this river for over 30 years and it has had its ups and downs, relative to fish numbers.…

    • Canoe Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Minnesota by: brad

      October 31, 2012, 18:23

      Here's some cool video taken with a Go Pro Hero head cam in September of this year on a small river in Minnesota. Join Bruce Miller and I as we float down this…

    • Year of the Diver by: brad

      September 17, 2012, 12:26

      I took a float on Saturday before the big predicted cold front. My watch had stopped and I thought it was 4:30 when it was actually 5:30 p.m. I got going an…

    • Catching Smallmouth Like Trout - The White Mayfly Hatch of Autumn by: brad

      August 18, 2012, 14:04

      Return of  the "Leukons" I was able to finally get down to my "laboratory" near my house. It's a cool section of the upper Mississippi with a shallow rocky…

    • High Water Smallmouth River Fishing by: brad

      July 30, 2012, 11:56

      Many parts of the country are in drought conditions and don't have the problems we're faced with in north central Minnesota. The Mississippi is still too high…

    • Hoppers Save the Day! by: brad

      July 11, 2012, 19:16

      Fly fishing for smallmouth bass can be challenging on those days when they're not hitting on top. Traditionally we've headed subsurface with various streamers…

    • Finally...A River That's Not Flooded! by: brad

      July 9, 2012, 15:16

      Bass and Flies of the Wrong Kind With the Mississippi still out of the banks, it's small river time in many places in the Midwest. We finally got out on a…

    • Hot Action Hoppers on the Ole Miss by: brad

      August 24, 2011, 18:51

      In the middle to late summer months, nothing will bring bass to the surface like hopper patterns. Poppers are great too, but some days, the bass won't jump on…

  • Category: Observations  (37)
    • Fly Fishing Purist...NOT by: brad

      June 26, 2017, 14:33

      Fly fishing for smallmouth bass in rivers can be tricky. Some days spin fishing will out perform flies - be prepared.

    • The Most Versatile Fly Fishing Equipment by: brad

      April 20, 2017, 17:49

      You don't need to buy the most expensive fly fishing equipment to enjoy the sport...read more...

    • Fly Tying Vise Hook Holder by: brad

      January 25, 2017, 22:12

      Here's a simple solution to keep your hooks organized and in one place when tying flies.

    • Roiled Water - Funky Fishing by: brad

      July 8, 2016, 18:50

      We can't always choose when to fish perfect conditions on our favorite waters. Often we're forced to fish high or colored water, or not fish at all. You can…

    • Fly Fishing on a Tropical Vacation by: brad

      November 3, 2015, 13:36

      How to tie in some saltwater fly fishing with your Caribbean vacation this year.

    • Don't Be A Patient Fly Fisherman! by: brad

      August 6, 2015, 20:36

      Don't flog the water to death with the same fly that worked last week...

    • Top Ten Smallmouth Flies on Podcast by: brad

      May 19, 2015, 23:26

      Brad Miller's EBook: Top Ten Smallmouth Flies was featured on this podcast.

    • The Amazing Murdich Minnow by: brad

      February 20, 2015, 20:27

      The Amazing Murdich Minnow If you don't have a supply of Murdich Minnows available in different sizes and even color patterns, you better get busy! In my…

    • Smallmouth Fly Fishing - Old Ways Revised by: brad

      February 1, 2015, 20:18

      I wrote The Top Ten Smallmouth Flies - How to Tie and Fish Them in 2010. This eBook has sold quite well through the years and I am proud of it. But it's time…

    • Fly Fishing for the Masses? by: brad

      November 14, 2014, 13:19

      Many fly fishing magazines promulgate a dis-service to "would be" fly fisherman as they depict fly fishing as an elite sport. In fact fly fishing can be…

    • High Water Hassles by: brad

      September 5, 2014, 15:11

      The weather around the country seems to be heading for extremes. Some parts of the U. S. are parched with wild fires and historic droughts. Some of these…

    • Learn to Cast by: brad

      August 9, 2014, 00:43

      I've been fishing with relative newbies to the sport of smallmouth fly fishing lately. The fishing has been quite good with all matter of strikes from subtle…

    • Tough Luck Smallmouth by: brad

      August 1, 2014, 21:21

      We executed a three team assault on a regional tributary of the Mississippi yesterday on July 31. We've been smitten with high water for the second year in a…

    • The Great In-Betweener! The Hopper Popper by: brad

      July 1, 2014, 23:42

      The Great In-Betweener - The Hopper Popper Hopper patterns for trout and smallmouth bass are nothing new. In fact, for bass hoppers were one of the…

    • Everybody Loves Boobies! by: brad

      May 8, 2014, 13:28

      Your Love for Boobies Just Got Supercharged! Booby or Boobie flies date back to the 1950's in England, where lake fishermen observed nymphs rising to the…

    • The Best Fishing Tool by: brad

      April 4, 2014, 20:07

      The best and handiest tool I've found in recent years is the Mitten Scissor Clamp.  When I'm fishing I generally carry several different kinds of tools.  …

    • Saltwater Fishing on the Cheap? by: brad

      March 14, 2014, 16:34

      The Compleat Skinflint's Guide to Saltwater Fishing Many of you are lucky enough to escape the frigid grip of winter, if only for a week or two, to warm…

    • Search for the Perfect Popping Bug - Lefty's Popping Bug by: brad

      February 10, 2014, 13:25

      FlyBass.com review of Lefty's Popping Bug, both a saltwater and freshwater foam popper for use when luring fish to the surface to eat their fly.

    • Baby Tarpon by: brad

      November 27, 2013, 15:07

      Fly Fishing for Baby Tarpon Fishing's Juvenile Delinquents - Hell Raising Misguided Youth As your thoughts drift to a warm weather get-away this season…

    • Frog Patterns for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass by: brad

      September 8, 2013, 17:36

      If you've spent any time on a river lately, especially along the shore, I suspect you've seen frogs. Leopard frogs are an environmental indicator species along…

    • The Whites of September by: brad

      August 29, 2013, 16:41

      I've been looking for an ephoron leukons hatch for the last several weeks. Very light if not non-existent, until last night. I was returning from a good day…

    • Smallmouth Bass - The Hard Way - And a Blackjack! by: brad

      August 10, 2013, 18:30

      We are all faced with days when the fish have lock jaw. You can return to a body of water that, only days before was hotter than a pistol, only to find the…

    • Ultimate Mormon Cricket for Fly Fishing Smallmouth Bass! by: brad

      July 26, 2013, 13:18

      Smallmouth Bass FlyFishing with the Ultimate Mormon Cricket The phenomenal Ultimate Mormon Cricket for smallmouth bass fly fishing. My brother and I floated…

    • Smallmouth on a Switch Rod? by: brad

      July 10, 2013, 19:19

      OK, I know we've all been inundated with the latest craze in fly rods - spey and switch rods. While these rods are primarily targeting trout and salmon in…

    • Poppers: Covering Your Basses by: brad

      June 17, 2013, 19:11

      There's no better way to take any fish than on the surface. Anyone who's fished poppers knows this. Those of you who haven't need to give it a shot and June is…

    • A Very Strange Day by: brad

      October 8, 2012, 23:37

      Just when we thought the season was over. I crossed an old favorite river the other day and was surprised to see it looked at a reasonable height for early…

    • Year of the Diver by: brad

      September 17, 2012, 12:26

      I took a float on Saturday before the big predicted cold front. My watch had stopped and I thought it was 4:30 when it was actually 5:30 p.m. I got going an…

    • Handling Fish Before Release by: brad

      September 2, 2012, 16:31

      Just a word about handling fish. Bass such as smallmouth or largemouth are commonly lipped since the inside of their mandibles consists of fine sandpaper…

    • Catching Smallmouth Like Trout - The White Mayfly Hatch of Autumn by: brad

      August 18, 2012, 14:04

      Return of  the "Leukons" I was able to finally get down to my "laboratory" near my house. It's a cool section of the upper Mississippi with a shallow rocky…

    • Low Clear Water vs High Muddy - Quick Solutions by: brad

      August 15, 2012, 14:05

      Muddy WaterIn the previous article we discussed tactics for high turbid water conditions, including choosing alternative water sources such as tributaries to…

    • High Water Smallmouth River Fishing by: brad

      July 30, 2012, 11:56

      Many parts of the country are in drought conditions and don't have the problems we're faced with in north central Minnesota. The Mississippi is still too high…

    • Hoppers Save the Day! by: brad

      July 11, 2012, 19:16

      Fly fishing for smallmouth bass can be challenging on those days when they're not hitting on top. Traditionally we've headed subsurface with various streamers…

    • Rain, Rain, Go Away by: brad

      June 20, 2012, 18:51

      It's only been raining for about a month straight. We've had more precipitation this spring than last spring - and last spring was a bummer! Most of Minnesota…

    • Gear Storage Tips by: brad

      February 6, 2012, 20:11

      Equipment StorageAfter a lot of use or when storing for a period of time, take the time to prepare your gear for inactivity. This helps us in three important…

    • White Mayflies for Smallmouth by: brad

      September 6, 2011, 18:00

      Catching Smallmouth Like Trout July, August and September can mean sporatic hatches of the famed White Mayfly (Ephoron Leukons), depending where you reside in…

    • Peak of the Summer by: brad

      August 23, 2011, 20:34

      Fly Fishing Smallmouth at its Best If you like to fly fish for bass, especially smallmouth bass, this is it boys and girls. This is the best time of the year…

    • Tying Bass Flies: Weed Guards by: brad

      July 25, 2011, 14:46

      When it comes to fishing around weeds and other obstructions, weed guards are sometimes used to keep the fly from fouling on various objects. There are…

  • Category: Reflections  (7)
    • Bum Trips - A Tough Pill to Swallow by: brad

      February 29, 2016, 18:46

      You spend a bunch of your hard-earned money on a far flung fishing destination and dream about big fish and screaming reels for months before the trip.

    • Confessions of a Recovering Steelheader by: brad

      April 9, 2014, 14:42

      Brad Miller reminisces bout his early years of steelhead fishing in Michigan and why he no longer pursues these spectacular fish.

    • Baby Tarpon - Campeche, Mexico by: brad

      December 17, 2013, 16:49

      I'm staring out the window dumbfounded by the 1 1/2 feet of snow and high winds. This time last week, we were spanking tarpon in Campeche, Mexico. The baby and…

    • Baby Tarpon by: brad

      November 27, 2013, 15:07

      Fly Fishing for Baby Tarpon Fishing's Juvenile Delinquents - Hell Raising Misguided Youth As your thoughts drift to a warm weather get-away this season…

    • Fly Fishing Merit Badge by: brad

      January 23, 2013, 15:09

      I'm the local Brainerd, MN area Boy Scouts Fly Fishing Merit Badge Counselor. I'm in the midst of working with a local troop to teach these kids how to fly…

    • Canoe Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Minnesota by: brad

      October 31, 2012, 18:23

      Here's some cool video taken with a Go Pro Hero head cam in September of this year on a small river in Minnesota. Join Bruce Miller and I as we float down this…

    • Fly Fishing Minnesota for River Smallmouth - 2012 Season Wrap Up by: brad

      September 28, 2012, 16:25

      I was out yesterday, more to enjoy the fall colors than anything else. It's been a trying year in Minnesota with early to mid season high water and flooding.…

  • Category: Announcements  (13)
    • Get the Blues! by: brad

      June 1, 2018, 18:15

      Smallmouth Bass Blue Blockhead Foam Popper Bodies from FlyBass.com is a new color that's dynamite on bass - also known as Carolina Blue.

    • We Got the Blues by: brad

      August 4, 2017, 16:43

      Blue Blockhead Popper Bodies from FlyBass.com are the missing link on many days, when other colors don't work.

    • Fly Fishing Gift Ideas - 2016 by: brad

      November 30, 2016, 18:58

      Here's some great unique ideas for holiday gift-giving or any time, for the fly fisherman in your life.

    • Smallmouth Fly Fishing - Old Ways Revised by: brad

      February 1, 2015, 20:18

      I wrote The Top Ten Smallmouth Flies - How to Tie and Fish Them in 2010. This eBook has sold quite well through the years and I am proud of it. But it's time…

    • Santa Goes Fly Fishing by: brad

      December 3, 2014, 17:02

      Tantalizing Tidbits for the Gift Giver How About Some Unique Gifts for a change..... Aren't you tired of people saying, "I have no idea what to get…

    • Handy Tools for the Fly Fisherman by: brad

      November 5, 2013, 17:14

      Fly fishing is a distant memory for some of us in the north country as the open water transitions to hard ice. But for many in the southern climes and…

    • Top Ten Trout Flies Revealed! by: brad

      June 23, 2013, 18:28

      The best, most effective trout flies of all times are now available for everyone through a new ebook from Brad Miller of FlyBass.com. The Top Ten (Quintessenti…

    • Ultimate Portable Fly Tying Light by: brad

      December 20, 2012, 18:56

      The Ultimate Portable Fly Tying Light We came across this incredibly handy device recently and have a very limited supply on hand. Check this out. It's a…

    • Sport Tube Rod Cases by: brad

      November 26, 2012, 16:38

      These were out of stock for several months, now they're back.  This product requires assembly, but it's quite easy as all the pieces snap together. There's…

    • New Fly Fishing EBook - Released by: brad

      June 20, 2012, 19:30

      Backyard Fly Fishing by Brad Miller Ever wish you could fly fish more often? How about learning tactics to enjoy the fishing you have close to home, between…

    • Preparing for Tarpon by: brad

      May 23, 2011, 16:28

      About every three years I slip down to southwest Florida and attempt to tangle with some tarpon. I'm heading down over Memorial Day weekend and fishing out of…

    • Finally - A New Site! by: brad

      May 1, 2011, 18:01

      Fly fishing for smallmouth bass or FlyBass.com has received has received over one half million visitors over the last seven years. The site itself has been…

    • It's About Time! by: brad

      April 17, 2011, 20:01

      Fun Waits for No One, including me. We're almost back with a new FlyBass.com devoted to Fly Fishing for Warm Water fish species and the associated blog and…

  • Category: How To  (7)
    • Fly Tying Vise Hook Holder by: brad

      January 25, 2017, 22:12

      Here's a simple solution to keep your hooks organized and in one place when tying flies.

    • Repairing Fly Line & DIY Welded Loops by: brad

      April 1, 2016, 13:20

      Less expensive fly lines may perform well, but many don't have a welded loop to save on costs.

    • Fly Fishing on a Tropical Vacation by: brad

      November 3, 2015, 13:36

      How to tie in some saltwater fly fishing with your Caribbean vacation this year.

    • Top Ten Smallmouth Flies on Podcast by: brad

      May 19, 2015, 23:26

      Brad Miller's EBook: Top Ten Smallmouth Flies was featured on this podcast.

    • Fly Fishing Speed Knots by: brad

      March 31, 2015, 17:50

      Super Fast Terminal Connections I've used the Swirle Knot for years as a terminal connection and it's fast and easy. Everyone has their favorites and as long…

    • The Amazing Murdich Minnow by: brad

      February 20, 2015, 20:27

      The Amazing Murdich Minnow If you don't have a supply of Murdich Minnows available in different sizes and even color patterns, you better get busy! In my…

    • Saltwater Fishing on the Cheap? by: brad

      March 14, 2014, 16:34

      The Compleat Skinflint's Guide to Saltwater Fishing Many of you are lucky enough to escape the frigid grip of winter, if only for a week or two, to warm…

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