If you follow our blog, you’ve seen our recent posts about how to choose fly fishing gear for a specific species. We’ve posted about how to choose the best fly rod for Bass here:
and how to choose the best fly reel for Bass here:
In our mission to provide our customers and readers with the most well-rounded information possible, we’ve decided to continue these species-centered posts, this time with fly lines.
Bass are one of the most popular gamefish across the US and beyond. These fish offer a challenging target to anglers who prefer boat fishing, river fishing for Smallmouth, or targeting fish in a tournament setting. Bass are ambush feeders and are generally fooled with a baitfish imitation although they eat crustaceans, bugs, and more. Because they’re found in temperate freshwater conditions, choose a freshwater fly line. Seems intuitive, right?
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Choosing a fly line for Bass often depends on fly choice. Here are a few quick tips:
Some lines that fit the circumstances above are:
Like any fish, Bass aren't only found in shallow water. Bass can also be found holding on deepwater drop-offs or around submerged structure that's not easy to reach without a sinking fly line. In these circumstances, choosing a fly line for deepwater Bass is a little different than choosing a fly line for shallow water Bass.
Choose a line that achieves the sink rate that you desire. If you're fishing structure that's 5-10 feet deep, an intermediate fly line may be the best line for the job. If you're fishing a 20-foot drop-off, a full sinking line may be a better bet. Here are a few recommendations.
River fishing for Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth is also different than casting to tight cover on a lake or throwing sinking lines. River fishing often necessitates a longer cast and a more delicate presentation. Smallmouth can also be caught using slightly smaller flies like a Wooly Bugger so a fly line with a really aggressive front taper or compact head isn't paramount. Other freshwater lines that are designed for Trout are probably your best bet in this scenario, especially if you're casting a rod that's medium-fast or moderate action. Some recommendations include:
The key takeaways here are that choosing a fly line for Bass depends on fly choice, fishing conditions, and rod choice. If you have questions and want to discuss fly lines for Bass in greater detail, please feel free to reach out via email to [email protected] or by phone at (888) 413-5211.