Bass Fly Tying Kit – Everything You Need

When you are ready to start tying your own flies for bass fishing, you are usually going to end up confused about what all it is that you need to get going. There are so many different flies to tie, different materials to use, sizes of hooks that are best under different situations, and the list goes on, and on. To help you get through the buying process, and get started tying your own arsenal of flies, you’ll want to step back from thinking you need thousands of different items and, instead, start looking for a kit that provides you with everything that you need to get going.

Fly Tying Tools Included:
– Fly Tying Vise
– Thread Bodkin
– Bodkin Threader
– Tying Scissors
– Thread Bobbin
– Fly Head Cement
– Flex Seal
– (4) Spools Tying Thread
     – Black
     – Brown
     – Chartreuse
     – Clear
– (4) Packs Mustad 1/0 Hooks
– (1) Pack Weed Guards
– (1) Pack Cork Bodies
– (1) Pack Painted Lead Eyes

Fly Tying Materials Included:
– Deer Body Hair (6) Colors
– Bucktail Hair (3) Colors
– Saddle Hackle (4) Colors
– Flashabou Accent (3) Colors
– Neck Hackle (2) Colors
– Squirrel Hair
– Chartreuse Marabou
– Chenille (2) Colors

As you can see here, there are plenty of materials, and the tools needed to get you started tying your own flies. As a bonus, you also get an instruction DVD from Lefty Kreh, himself, that teaches you how to tie some of the best bass flies of all time: Bendback Streamer, Lefty’s Deceiver, Clouser Minnow, Lefty’s Popping Bug, Hackle Fly / Seaducer, Deer Hair Diver, and a Deer Hair Popper.

Once you are done tying all of the flies included in the DVD, you can start tying your own creations, or flies that you’ve learned about here on BassFlyFishing.net. The kit includes plenty of materials for tying at least one of each of the flies on the DVD, as well as a dozen, or more, of your own personal recipes.

You can pick up the kit for yourself at Bass Pro for only $51.99. Click here to get started tying your own flies!

Remember to leave a comment sharing any fly tying recipes that you’ve concocted, and until next time, Tight lines from BassFlyFishing.net!

Top 3 Bass Fly Rod Combos Under $170

Fly fishing for bass doesn’t have to be expensive! If you think you need some high dollar rod that can delicately deliver size 18 nymphs, you should probably take a step back and realize the size of the mouth that you’re throwing flies at. Bass don’t care if you have the most expensive rod on the block! All they care is that you are able to have the technique required to give your flies a lifelike movement. All you should worry about is not throwing your shoulder out from a poorly balanced, or ill fitted fly rod. These 5 fly rod combos are perfect for slinging baby-bird sized flies, all day long. Staying on a budget, and catching your favorite species is easy. All of these combos are available through Cabellas, by clicking on the link. (Opens in a new window.)

9’6″ 7-weight – Cabella’s Traditional II, Ross FlyStart Fly Rod Combo – $169.99

This is the combo that I used for 3 seasons before I passed it down to my nephew. He’s gotten another 2 seasons of use out of it, and it’s still going strong. The fast-action, high modulus graphite rods are perfect for loading heavy flies, and effortlessly casting weight forward fly lines exactly where you want them. The FlyStart fly reels from Ross have a super-smooth offset drag system that doesn’t twitch and jerk, breaking your leader, like some other, lower priced reels do.

9’6″ 7-weight – Cabella’s Traditional II, Three Forks Fly Rod Combo – $139.99

When my fishing partner wanted me to help him pick out a good rod without breaking his wallet, I told him the Traditional II fast-action was the way to go. He found it paired with a Three Forks fly reel and Cabela’s Prestige Plus weight-forward fly line, and has been using it ever since. Prestige lines are great for slinging both deer hair bugs, as well as sinking flies and has a super glide technology for smooth casts.

9’0″ 8-weight – Cabella’s Wind River, Three Forks Fly Rod Combo – $109.99

If you’re really wanting to save money, and get out on your local waters, I present to you the Wind River fly rod combo from Cabelas. The IM6 graphite rod is perfect for learning how to cast heavy flies, and the shorter 9’0″ length is more forgiving and comfortable for beginner anglers. At only $109 you’re going to have a hard time finding a combo with this level of quality and craftsmanship.

You don’t just have to take my word for it on these fly rod combos, though. If you take a look at some of the other reviews left by customers that have also purchased them, it will be easy for you to see why they made it onto this list. When you’re ready to pick up a new rod, or get started in bass fly fishing, make sure to come back here and let me know which one you purchased by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear some of your own stories on how they work in your local waters! Until next time, tight lines!

Best Bass Flies You Can Buy Or Tie

Over the course of my bass fly fishing adventures, there have been few flies that produce as consistently as the ones I’ve put together here. Each of these flies are incredibly cost effective, and are the ones that I reach for, most often. Take a look and figure out if you can learn some new tricks, or perhaps even pick up some new flies for your box, and your next outing! If you want to add any of these to your collection, you can click on the link (opens in a new window) and purchase them from Orvis.

Topwater Bass Flies

Nothing can cause as many adrenaline pumping, ferocious strikes quite like topwater flies. If you love catching bass on a topwater as much as I do, you’ll love these three flies: Hard body poppers, Bass Bugs, and Dahlberg Divers.

Hard Body Bass Popper – These are among some of my favorite types of topwater flies to use for bass. The subtle action, and popping noise attract strikes from some of the largest fish in the water. I keep at least 1 of every color available in the 1/0 size. Even the smaller fish will hit the 1/0. Depending on the conditions I’m fishing in, I’ll reach for different colors. For muddy waters I love the chartreuse color. In tinted or stained waters I’ll grab the Yellow/Red or Red/White, and in clear waters I always reach for the Frog pattern. When I’m out fishing at night, black is the go-to color.

Deer Hair Bass Bugs – My next type of topwater bass fly that I never leave home without are deer hair bass bugs. Deer hair is an excellent material to tie bass flies with because of the bulk it creates, and its natural flotation properties. The flat-front bass bugs move a lot of water without causing too much of a commotion, which is perfect during calm, muggy afternoons, and when the fish aren’t in a highly aggressive mood. You can fish these in a pop, pause, or pop, pop, pause technique for some ferocious strikes.

Deer Hair Dahlberg Divers – The Dahlberg diver is a true classic, tied by none other than the big-fish hunter himself, Larry Dahlberg. These mimic a frog perfectly, and dive underneath the water when you strip line, then resurface when they go slack. I’ve caught some of my biggest bass using these divers. One of my favorite colors is the Frog patter, and other baitfish patterns that I have tied myself.(Videos coming soon!) When you cast these flies out, make sure to let them sit until the rings on the water disappear, then start retrieving slowly and methodically, trying to imitate a frog.

Diving Bass Flies

When the fish won’t hit a topwater, I pull out the next best thing: diving bass flies. These are great for sight casting during the spawn, as well! Let the fly sink to the depth you want it at, and start stripping your line using an enticing technique, and hang on!

Woolly Buggers – I think more fish have probably been caught on a Woolly Bugger than any other type of fly made. I mean any fish. If it swims, it will take a Woolly Bugger. You can throw these near any piece of cover you know bass are hiding, and the soft hair undulates perfectly to entice them into striking hard. Even when the fly is sitting still the hairs will puff, and move, making it an incredibly subtle way to trigger strikes. I change up the colors depending on the light and water conditions. Black for stained water, White, Olive, and Tan for clear, depending on what the fish are feeding on.

Munchable Minnow – When the fish want a “meatier” meal, it’s time to throw a Munchable Minnow. This bug features a full body, and streamer tail, kicking off a nice, chunky silhouette under the water, giving the fish something worth using up their energy to chase after. You want to mimic how a baitfish moves with your stripping technique. Allow the fly ample amounts of time to sink down where the fish are, then start stripping it past the cover for some aggressive strikes.

Sinking Bass Flies

When the fish are in a neutral mood, and it’s hard to get them to attack a topwater, or spend the energy required to chase after a diving streamer, it’s time to tie on the sinking flies. With the right technique you can get even some of the most neutral-attitude bass to take the fly.

Gulley’s Crawfish – I’ve seen quite a few crawfish imitators, but nothing comes as close as a Gulley’s Crawfish. This weighted fly bounces perfectly across the bottom, and when you fish it tight to cover, you can trick some of the biggest fish that you’ll ever catch with it. If you know the fish in your waters are feeding on crawfish, you need to tie one of these on and spend a few hours throwing it. You’ll be glad that you did! You may want to keep a few extras in your box, in case you get a snag and have to bust it off.

Bass Bully – Whoever said being a bully doesn’t pay off? It does if you’re a Bass Bully. If you’ve ever fished a worm, or a jig & pig on a spinning or baitcasting outfit, you know the deadliness of those lures. The Bass Bully imitates these lures perfectly. With short hops along the bottom you can get fish that normally wouldn’t be in the eating mood. My favorite color is rust, and I’ll use it in most waters. If the water is heavily stained, or muddy, however, I’ll reach for the black colors (overcast days) or the chartreuse colors (sunny days).

Those are my personal favorite bass flies. If you have some that consistently produce for you, feel free to leave me a comment below and let us know what’s going on!

Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing Tips

Fly fishing for largemouth bass is incredibly exciting. The sheer amount of topwater explosions you can get on an afternoon trip out to your local pond or watering hole can be immense. If you are looking for more ways to catch largemouth bass during your next outing, you will want to take a look at these 11 largemouth bass fly fishing tips. The tips have been passed down from anglers over the generations, and you can use them to help increase your chances at success the next time you head to the water!

Tip #1: Bigger Is Sometimes Better – Unless you have never seen a largemouth bass before, it is pretty easy to see that their mouths open up very wide. This large mouth means that they can gulp in flies that are much larger than you would imagine. If you are having problems catching larger fish you may want to increase the size of your flies quite a bit. It’s not unheard of to use flies the size of small birds or baby ducks!

Tip #2: Try Trolling Your Flies For Largemouth – If you have access to a boat and want to add some offshore action to your fishing experience, try heading out over submerged structure and weedbeds while trolling some sinking flies. This is a great way to get largemouth to come up from the depths, and usually brings in some of the bigger fish that you will catch.

Tip #3: Vary Your Retrieval Speed – Bass may not be completely picky but some days they prefer their food moving slow, while other days they want it moving fast so they can hit it like a freight train. To figure out what the fish are looking for each time you head out to the water you will want to try varying your retrieval speed. When you start getting strikes, maintain that speed and you’ll likely find exactly what they are looking for that day.

Tip #4: Lifelike Flies Aren’t Always Best – Trout fisherman love to tie on incredibly realistic looking flies to make sure that they can fool the fish into thinking it is real. This is, however, not needed for largemouth bass. Some anglers have called them the garbage disposals of the freshwater which, quite simply, means that they will take flies whether or not they appear realistic.

Tip #5: Carry Plenty Of Topwater Flies – Largemouth bass are known for their topwater explosions which is why you should carry plenty of topwater and surface flies. Even though 90% of largemouth catches come from sinking flies, when they are turned onto the topwater it is hard to pass up the fun that can be had. The topwater strikes are so vicious that you may end up going through flies fairly quickly, which is why it is wise to carry replacements!

Tip #6: Perfect The Sidearm Cast – The overhead cast is perfect when you are not surrounded by brush and trees, or on a clear bank. However with most bass fishing you are going to be dealing with overhanging snags and other brush in your way. When this happens you will want to make sure that you know how to make a perfect sidearm cast to get the flies out onto the water without losing them to the trees!

Tip #7: Use A Strong Leader – If the pond or lake you are fishing contains only smaller 1lb to 2lb fish you may not need to worry about this so much. However for larger fish you are going to want to beef up your leader. It is not unheard of to use a 10lb or 12lb leader to make sure that you can apply adequate pressure to a running slab of a largemouth. The heavier leader also allows you to use a stiffer hookset, ensuring that the hook won’t fall out when the fish is jumping.

Tip #8: Fish Near The Thick Stuff – Largemouth bass love sitting down inside of heavy cover. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still catch them with a fly rod. If you want to increase the number of fish that you catch each day you will want to spend time throwing flies near the thick stuff in the pond or lake.

Tip #9: Carry The Right Sized Rod – You want to avoid heading out to the pond with a small 3-weight, or overly large 8-weight or 9-weight rod. The 3-weight isn’t going to apply enough pressure to bring the fish in without exhausting them while the 8-weight and 9-weight isn’t going to let the fish put up much of a fight. For ponds where the average fish weighs in between 2lbs to 5lbs you can get away with using a 6-weight very easily.

Tip #10: Ask Your Fishing Buddies – Getting in touch with other anglers in your area, even non fly anglers, is a great way to learn where the honey holes are. These honey holes are perfect for helping you get onto more fish than you have ever imagined, but you are going to have to return the favor and give them some tips of your own.

Tip #11: Carry Proven Largemouth Catching Flies – There are a few types of flies that have long been known to catch largemouth bass. Flies such as the Dahlberg Divers, frog-like Topwater Poppers, Wooly Buggers, Deer Hair Bass Bugs, and Rabbit Hair Streamers are excellent for pulling in the big fish at your honey holes.

As always, if you have largemouth bass fly fishing tips that you want to share with the community, feel free to send me an email to josh@bassflyfishing.net or leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing DVDs

One of the best ways to learn more about your favorite sport is by watching a few DVDs. Coupled with reading from your favorite blog (Us, Of Course!) you’ll be well on your way to tackling your local honey holes. Take a look at some of the largemouth bass, and panfish fly fishing DVDs I think you should have in your arsenal.

Panfish and Bass Fly Fishing with Larry Dahlberg

Larry Dahlberg knows catching big fish, especially with a fly rod. This DVD, put together by Scientific Anglers, teaches you what you need to know to target your favorite warmwater species: Panfish & Bass. Larry Dahlberg takes you through the basics of fly fishing for both species, including a wide range of knot tying techniques, when and where to use which types of flies, and quite a few tips to help you on your local waters.

 
Bass: The Movie

What do you get when you put together 7 of the worlds best bass anglers, pairing them together on a boat to see who can catch the most fish? BASS: The Movie. Fly rod pros are teamed up with spin rod pros to see who comes out on top in a fast paced, great production. BASS: The Movie takes place in California, and takes you to the California Delta, and Southern California’s waters where the trophy fish are known to roam.

 
Handcrafting Effective Bass Flies with Lefty Kreh & Mike Huffman

Lefty Kreh is among the top legends, right next to Larry Dalhberg. This DVD, produced by White River Fly Shop, is a step-by-step instructional that teaches you how to tie several highly effect bass patterns, and the techniques used to construct them. It features interviews with each tyer, and helpful tips from the master on fly fishing, Lefty Kreh. The 90 minute DVD will help you approach your fly tying bench with confidence.

 
Fly Fishing for Bass & Panfish’ with Skip and Carol Morris

The lovely couple, Skip and Carol Morris put together the DVD “Fly Fishing For Bass And Panfish” to help you learn everything you need to know about catching both species on your local waters. From the basics on gear, flies, lines, casting, and techniques, to the more advanced tips that you’ll only learn by knowing what to look for when you’re out for the day. If you’re a trout angler looking to catch a few bass, you’ll love this DVD.

 
Hooked On Fly Tying – Deer Hair Bass Bugs

Ask any fly angler how long it took them to learn the art of tying flies, and I can guarantee you that not a single person will tell you “overnight”. This is especially true with larger, more complex deer hair bass bugs. Chris Helm, also known as the “Deer Hair Guru” takes you through the steps you need to learn how to tie two super-effective bugs, the Deer Hair Popper, and Deer Hair Sunfish. The 60 minute long DVD flows smoothly making it excellent for beginner tyers.