Basses are voracious eaters and have been known to eat prey up to half their own length. Because largemouth bass swallow their prey whole, the size of bass fishing flies should be smaller than the width of the largemouth bass’s mouth. Being hungry predators, they generally seek out the largest prey they can find that will fit in their mouths.
The movement of the fishing fly is essential to attract the bass. Bass jumps quickly at the chance to swallow anything that moves, but also regularly spits out a potential meal, perhaps due to taste or texture. When fishing for bass, it is important to use fishing flies with a strategic design and hook position. In this article, you will read about our top picks for bass fishing flies:
Deer hair poppers:
Deer hair poppers are often referred to as the original fishing flies. Before fly tying was commercialized in the United States, Native Americans tied feathers and hair to create fishing flies that would attract bass. These fishing flies are meant to float and squirm on the surface and draw the attention of bass that remain only a few feet below. Thinking it’s a land insect helplessly trapped in the water, sea bass usually can’t resist such an easy meal.
Deer hair mouse:
Very large bass have been known to swallow ducklings and other waterfowl to satisfy their voracious appetite. While not all bass reach a size where they can take such a large snack, most large bass can and will find a mouse a tasty treat. Deer Hair Mouse fishing flies are a tackle box staple for any bass angler. Mice often take up residence near the riverbank and it only takes one slip or one big win to render them helpless in the water. The body of this fishing fly is, of course, made of deer hair tied around a large hook with a long, flexible tail to attract bass as it moves through the water.
A frog is a delicious meal and a temptation that a hungry sea bass can rarely resist. Swimming frog fishing flies are designed to mimic the frog’s movements as they swim along the surface of the water. The swimming frog is also made from deer hair and is colored in various shades of green. These fishflies work well in areas where frogs naturally reside, such as around water lilies and other aquatic plants.
The olive-colored matuka sculpture is a great fishing fly to use in streams with weed or algae covered bottoms. These fishing flies typically come in a gold option for lighter colored riverbeds and are made from deer hair and turkey feather. The sculpin is a small fish that lives camouflaged against the bottom of the river. These fishing flies should sink quickly and be heavy enough to stay down and not float to the bottom.
The best bass fishing occurs when the water temperature is between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Any hotter or colder and the feeding tends to slow down considerably. With the right weather, the right fishing flies, and a little luck, a bass fishing trip can be one of the most satisfying fishing trips of the year.