Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bass Nights

There are a lot of different kinds of bass. I'm a big fan of Costa's series Geobass, in which a group of guys travel the world looking for different kinds of bass. Keep in mind that the term bass is not really biological, it refers to all manor of sunfish, white bass, saltwater species, and ciclids. In New England a fly fisher has some oppertunity to fish for as many as 8 kinds of bass. Over the last couple of evenings I have caught nothing but "bass" of one kind or another: calico, largemouth, smallmouth, rock...

These would have been terrific nights had I not been hoping for a nice fat walleye. Each night lead to a decent largemouth, and I caught the same little rock bass both nights. The first night gave up a bunch of little largemouth and the second some similarly sized smallmouth. A little black bunny leach was the most poductive fly. I realized after a few nights on this pond each week that there was only a short window of opportunity to catch decent sized fish, starting 10 minutes past sunset and lasting until 9:35. After that, it was just beating a dead horse.

Fish of habit... same fly, same time as the day before, same exact spot.


  1. I didn't realize there were so may kinds of bass. They all have habits just like other critters. Nothing like a nasty largemouth to stretch a line!! Thanks for the info.
    Tie, fish, write and photo on...

    1. I'd rather have hooked into a few smallmouth of the same size, those are the real line stretchers!