Category Archives: Bass & Panfish Flies

Classic Flies For Black Bass

Keene’s Bronze Coachman

Those who’ve shared a canoe with me know the delight I take in catching panfish, and especially the white and yellow perch. I have a firm devotion to the “Ol’ Black Pan”,  and the furs and feathers that litter the … Continue reading

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In the teeth of a storm..

Wood Special Yellow Miller Big Top

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Supervisor

A bass fly translation of an old trout and salmon classic streamer…

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Crayzee Bug

Smallmouth LOVE crayfish; but they will almost always choose the wee molters over the mature well-armed adults. The Crayzee bug is just that; a little molter (Mustad 9671 sz. 8 ) with plenty of action, and the orange drives the … Continue reading

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Bandit

The Bandit; a deceiver style smallmouth pattern. I used to tie these with Reeves pheasant for the cheeks, but those feathers are just to expensive and uncommon. Guinea hen is always a good choice. This pattern has proven its worth … Continue reading

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Black Pond

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Brown Cow

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Taps Tip

A simple bucktail from the late H. G. Tapply, editor and author of long time Field and Stream feature “Taps Tips” (as well as book of the same name that collected many of the wonderful tips). As is typical of … Continue reading

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Soft Hackle Cardinelle

One of my favorite flies is the old Paul Kukonen streamer pattern, The Cardinelle. Its a super effective attractor pattern and has earned itself a regular spot in my streamer wallet. Another great pattern is Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer. … Continue reading

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Why Warm Water?

I spend the better part of the season fishing for warmwater gamefish and panfish in Maine, a state known primaily for its cold water fishing, and Cape Cod, a locale lauded for the salt water angling it offers. What on … Continue reading

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Doctor Oatman

A sz. 1 spoonwing variant of a classic streamer pattern, the Dr. Oatman bass fly. This pattern seems particularly appropriate for bass, don’t you think? All of my spoonwings are tied in the reverse style; it is the only method … Continue reading

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Duck numbers up!

Ducks Unlimited has released the USFWS Duck Breeding Population Survey and the numbers are encouraging. Fly tying and duck hunting are a fun compliment to each other and I (and my AWS Belle!) look forward to the season with great … Continue reading

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Freshwater Flatwing

The flatwing streamers of Ken Abrames have become a real saltwater / striped bass classic design. I decided to tie one up on a sz. 1 black hook for use in freshwater while fishing for black bass. Fishing last week … Continue reading

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Punkin’ Chunk

A wonderful way to welcome the summer season!

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Smallmouth in the wind

Another nice morning!

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