Fly Fishing for Bass
In running water fly-casting for black bass is on a par, both as a sport and as regards its practicality, with fly-fishing for brook trout. Both the small- and largemouth bass rise freely to the artificial fly when it is properly presented and under the right conditions, the large-mouth having the reputation of being generally the most willing to inspect the feathers. But the right conditions for bass fly-fishing unfortunately do not prevail in many parts of the country, running water of the proper depth for fly-casting and wading wherein bass, either large- or small-mouthed, exist in sufficient numbers to warrant good sport with the fly-rod is very difficult to find except in certain favored localities.
Usually the bass streams are deep and sluggish, necessitating the boat and the casting rod, or else, if the streams are rapid and shallow, the brook trout is the principal game fish found therein. Fly-fishing for bass in lakes also—well authenticated exceptions duly noted and filed for future and practical reference—is notoriously un-remunerative.
However, by using the customary outfit for fly-casting, casting in very much the same way and using a small, feather-weight fly-spoon, the angler can have fairly good sport with the fly-rod and the black bass under any normal angling conditions. You must, however, be a pretty good fly-caster—know how to use your left hand as well as your right in casting the fly or fly-spinner and how to "shoot" your line at the finish of the forward cast—and you must also use a fly-spoon that is suited to the business in hand.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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