I wasn't going to let Adam leave CT without catching a fish, so I took him out on the lake yesterday and showed him spots and techniques that would be likely to produce a nice bass or two. Just because I gave up fishing with conventional gear a few years ago for the pursuit of all species entirely on the fly does not mean I didn't or don't know how to catch fish on a spinning rod. When I started fly fishing I tried to carry over methods that I already new, forming new subtle techniques that lead to fish being fooled, hooked, and landed; and some of the new techniques I learned in fly fishing could be transposed into spin fishing as well. Simply put... this fly guy could still put a hurtin' on some bass using spinning gear.
The best technique during that evening turned out to be walking the dog with a Heddon Torpedo. Adam caught both black bass species, and the largemouth was actually his first ever! I couldn't be more proud.