When I got back from Florida, my friend Tom was anxious to show me some of the smallmouth bass spots he'd been scouting with some luck. This is on a small river in central Illinois. He showed me how he presents the fly on a greased line swing, which proved to be the ticket! Tom is a great angler who has a couple decades of flyfishing under his belt. He likes classic flies tied with natural materials. I like whatever works in a given situation.
In this case, we were using crayfish imitations. I tied on the only crappy rendition of a Barr's Meat Whistle I could tie the night before.
|They've gotten a lot better looking since, trust me.|
The first smallmouth of summer was a beautiful 18" bronze
And there were a lot of bites when you could find them.
|Tom also despises my homemade stripping basket. He's never fished the mid-Atlantic surf...|
|I like my pictures like I like my potatoes--mashed.|
Whatever Tom does, I try to imitate. It's worked so far. And it's almost time for steelhead around here--Tom's favorite. I'm hoping he calls me...