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April 12, 2013
Crawfish, Black and White Streamers
Fish have been holding in deep, slow water. Slow bubble lines are a good indicator as to where to focus your energy. Remember, if you see a spot where you believe a fish might be holding, don’t cast right on top of the fish. Cast beyond and/or upstream so your fly has time to get down before it enters the “fishy” spot. With the fish holding in deep water, make sure you have enough weight to get your rig down. Chances are, if you think you are on top of fish but you are not hooking up, you are not getting your rig deep enough.
In addition, the Smallmouth have not been exploding on flies like they normally do. The bite has been slow and soft, so make sure you manage the slack in your line so you can feel the slightest bump or use a strike indicator to help see the strike. The slow take may also force you to delay your hook set. The bigger fish have been known to pick up a fly and just hold it for a moment before committing. Since the bigger fish have exceptionally hard lips, it can be tricky to get a good hook set if the fish doesn’t commit.
One of the best times of the year to catch big Smallmouth is here. Don’t miss out on the fun!
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