Fly Spoons for Bass Fishing
Fly Spoons for Bass Fishing
There is one manufacturer who makes a specialty of this sort of tackle, and, as is often the case, the product of this specialist is measurably in advance of the "just as good" offered by other makers of tackle in general. Since there is little or no trade competition in regard to these fly-spoons and the author therefore is not liable to be accused of odious comparison or entire lack of intelligence about fishing tackle, it might be well to say for the accurate information of the reader that the fly spinners mentioned are known as the Hildebrandts.
It is necessary that the spoon blades be very light and thin; that heavy swivels, or for that matter any swivels at all, be avoided; and that the bass flies used with the spinners be well tied and true to pattern and dressed on the best grade of hooks. Any fly-spoon which answers the above requirements will do, others will not.
The fly-spoons made in tandem style, that is, with two small spoon blades leading the fly, may be especially recommended both for strip-casting proper and also for use on the fly-rod for casting as with the fly. As above suggested only the lightest and smallest spinners should be used for casting as in fly-fishing. When ready for the back cast, in this last style of casting, do not snap the spinner out of the water, but lift it out easily. The former method is apt to result disastrously in several ways. Single-hook bucktail spinners and also a similar fly-spinner known as the fox squirrel tail are very successful lures for strip-casting and small spoon casting with the fly-rod.
Any of the lighter weight surface baits such as are used in bait-casting are also good for strip-casting. It would appear that under certain conditions the black bass favors a floating bait; quite often they will rise to the surface and strike a floating lure when under-water fishing is barren of results. The floating baits are also the most practical and saving of tackle, fish, and temper when fishing very weedy lakes, casting among the lily pads and rushes, and in all places where under-water fishing is liable to result in fouling the tackle either in casting or after a bass is hooked. As a general rule, a bass which strikes a floating bait will fight close to the surface, seldom going down to any considerable depth, and the wise angler, either bait- or strip-caster, fishing where the bottom is badly obstructed will do well to remember this.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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