Written by: Tyler Coleman
While looking through streamers on the Orvis iPhone App, I came a crossed a streamer called the Grumpy Muppet. The name alone was enough to get me to stop and read about it, but as I did, I thought about how this articulated streamer looked like it would really swim. When the flies arrived, I couldn’t wait to get out and try them, but the main place I wanted to fish is closed for the season.
I talked to a friend and he thought the largemouth bass might be interested in the green one, so I headed out to the Salt River to see if he was right. Immediately, I was impressed with the swimming action or this fly, and with pre-spawn feeding going on, I was able to get it in front of some very hungry bass.
Of course you can’t go to the Salt River without fishing for suckers. These native fish are tricky, but once you get them to eat, they run for the hills. The desert suckers and Sonora suckers in this river will really put your presentation to the test, and the fight they put up is a very worthy reward.
It was a fun day of catching bass, and the tug of a larger one that was able to get away has me counting down the days till we get back over there. I think it is safe to say that the Muppet will have the bass feasting, but I also can’t wait to get up to the creeks in search of some large wild brown trout.
Tyler Coleman lives in Arizona. Check him out on Instagram: @thecolemancollection.