Flies for Bass Fishing
As to the flies, an old established rule is to use light and bright colored flies on dark days and in the evening and dark or somber flies for bright days. But there are times when this doesn't hold out well. It is a common practice to use two flies on a leader and if the fish does not take one sometimes the other is more attractive. Some one of the following list will be found good on nearly every occasion: Professor, Montreal, Coachman, Royal Coachman, Grizzly King, Parmachenee Belle, Black Hackle, Gray Hackle, Brown Hackle, Abbey, Ferguson, Ibis, Lord Baltimore, White Miller, Seth Green, Oriole, Queen of the Water, Babcock, Governor Alvord, and Silver Doctor. As before stated the brightest flies are best for dull days and the more somber ones take best on bright days. They are tied on Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5 hooks. Nos. 4 and 5 will be best on most occasions. Either a looped or a long snelled fly will do for a tail fly, but the long snelled kind is best for a dropper fly as it can be attached without an additional snell, or length of gut.
Some may hesitate to buy a fly rod and outfit, believing that the same could not be used for any other kind of fishing, but this is a mistake, for you can use any small, light spinning bait or small casting spoon, though it is none too good for the rod to use these much. You can also use salt pork bait as mentioned elsewhere and this is a very effective bass bait. It may be skittered over the surface or used under water.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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