Pro Tips: How to Catch Smallmouths Year-Round

Contrary to popular belief, fly anglers can catch smallmouth bass year-round, even during winter. While these hardy gamefish are known for tolerating higher temperatures than trout, they also tolerate cold water fairly well, and will still feed when it’s just . . .

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Pro Tips: 3 Essential Flies for Smallmouth Bass

A mentor of mine once told me to always be prepared to attack the water column in three distinct areas—surface, sub-surface, and bottom—no matter how the water initially reads or presents itself. Fish are inevitably going to be feeding in one of those . . .

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Podcast: Modern Smallmouth Secrets, with Tim Landwehr

This week, my guest is Tim Landwehr, of Tight Lines Fly Fishing Company, in De Pere, Wisconsin. Tim has decades of experience guiding for smallmouth bass and is co-author of the book Smallmouth: Modern Fly Fishing Methods, Tactics, and . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Yellow Meanie

Paul J. Beel, an Indiana native who runs the Franken Fly fly-tying website, is an avid smallmouth-bass fisherman, and he created the Yellow Meanie to mimic a local baitfish. Of the pattern, he says, “[It]isn’t a pretty fly, but it is my go-to for smallmouth. . . .

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Fish Facts: Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu)


When trout streams start to get too warm, the fishing for smallies often heats up.
Photo by Drew Price

The smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) goes by many nicknames—smallie, bronzeback, brownie, and brown bass, to name a few—which is a sign of its popularity in different parts of the country. It’s the most trout–like bass, in that it often lives in clean, cold rivers and feeds on insects, baitfish, and. . .

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