July 24th, 2000

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Bass In Gravel Pits

By Brad Weatherbee, N.S. Canada

Three years ago I was told there were smallmouth bass in a gravel pit just a few minutes up the road from my house. So after school one day I decided I would go check it out. I used my spin cast gear because I didn't know what to use for flies and I didn't have any bass flies, so I used rapalas. To my surprise I caught two bass one around twelve inches and the other was around six inches. That was the first time I caught bass and I loved it. I could not believe how aggressive and fun they were to catch. I was use to catching small brook trout so these fish were a big surprise to me. I used to use all spin casting gear for bass but now I use only fly gear.

This gravel pit is about the size of a small lake so the bass are there in large numbers rather than in really large sizes. The largest bass I caught out of there was eighteen and a half inches long, other than that the largest has been about fourteen inches. When I go fishing there I usually catch four or more but sometimes in an evening and you can catch up to ten. The average size is about 6 or 7 inches.

When I go fly fishing for bass I have three favorite flies, my favorite is a bright orange hopper pattern I made up one night at my fly tying bench (the pattern is at the bottom). The bass here really like orange so I use the color on a lot of my flies. The second one is a muddler with a white fur tail and wing topped with peacock herl and the head made of white deer hair. I put fly floatant on the white muddlers so they float and give a lot of surface action. Third favorite is a streamer called a Mickey Finn, it usually get the bass's attention. There are so many more patterns that work extremely well, bass bugs, woolly buggers, most terrestrials, and bright streamers.

By mid-summer to fall, weeds grow up to almost the surface so you can use only floating flies. In my opinion using them are more fun anyway because you can see the bass explode and attack your fly.

If there are bass in your area I highly recommend you go and fish for them. In my opinion they are one of the most fun fish to catch. So good luck in the future on your fishing trips. ~ Brad Weatherbee, N.S. Canada

Oranger Hopper

    Hook:  94840 sizes #6-12.

    Thread:  Black 8/0.

    Tail:  Orange guinea over red guinea.

    Body:  Yellow mini ultra chenille.

    Ribbing:  Clipped brown hackle.

    Legs:  Brown hopper legs.

    Collar:  Bright orange deer hair.

    Head:  Clipped bright orange deer hair.

    ~ Brad

    About Brad

    Brad is a 16 year-old from Nova Scotia. He is an accomplished fly tier, and a regular in the FAOL Chat Room.

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