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Bass, ponds, and a kayak #10630023 02/19/15 02:25 PM
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So, I'm really wanting to start catching some bass on my fly rod, but the problem is, I'm not sure how to tackle this structure,(extremely heavy reeds along the bank) which is the only sort of structure I can find in this lake except for a few docks.
I tried using a hopper as well as a bigger briminator and couldn't buy a bite all day, it also didn't help that the current runs right next to the bank at times and it's quick! I need to get a stake out pole to make it easier to pick a part an area.

So, what kind of flies would you use to pick apart some heavy cover like this? And what would be the beat presentation? Just as close to the reeds as you can get? Parallel to them with the longest cast you can accurately throw

Thanks for any help guys and gals!

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Re: Bass, ponds, and a kayak [Re: JailFisherman] #10630070 02/19/15 02:42 PM
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I suggest trying streamers. See how far down you can get them. Be prepared to get snagged and lose some flies.
That current could be put to use! Let it drag the streamer away, tighten the line and slowly retrieve. Slower the better in this cold weather.

That's my tip and it may or may not work. But you'll be fishing!


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Re: Bass, ponds, and a kayak [Re: rrhyne56] #10630097 02/19/15 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted By: rrhyne56
I suggest trying streamers. See how far down you can get them. Be prepared to get snagged and lose some flies.
That current could be put to use! Let it drag the streamer away, tighten the line and slowly retrieve. Slower the better in this cold weather.

That's my tip and it may or may not work. But you'll be fishing!


Thanks for the tip! What size streamers should I use? I can tie up several buggers and clousers... and I am looking for a reason to stop by my local fly shop!


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Re: Bass, ponds, and a kayak [Re: JailFisherman] #10630210 02/19/15 03:23 PM
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I usually start with Clousers. Try to cast as close as you can to the base of the reeds without getting hung up every cast.

Sometimes retrieving the fly parallel to the reeds is very effective and it is easy to park your kayak up next them and then cast along side the reeds. (Just watch where your backcast goes when you're next the reeds or you'll get hung up behind you while casting.)

Good luck!


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Re: Bass, ponds, and a kayak [Re: RexW] #10630449 02/19/15 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted By: RexW
(Just watch where your backcast goes when you're next the reeds or you'll get hung up behind you while casting.)


As a master tree fisherman I would add to that valuable advise. If you are right handed go around the pond clockwise as well.

The topwater bite is only just starting to pickup again so I would use subsurface flies as suggested for now. Once the topwater bite picks up I would add a popper as well. I like to tie and use Hook-line & Sinkers easy froggy tie. Also I would keep trying woolly buggers and briminators in different sizes and weight. Sometimes a very light fly that sinks very slowly is the ticket in winter. Patience seems to be a key for me at this time of year in particular.

Re: Bass, ponds, and a kayak [Re: JailFisherman] #10630658 02/19/15 05:52 PM
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We are finding bass in 3 to 5 feet of water and on structure.
Clousers would be a good go to bait or a zonker fly that imitates a worm.
I recommend weedless as they are holding right next to structure.
Cast over downed trees and slowly drag the fly over them. As soon as the fly crosses over the structure they have been hitting it. I've also had good luck casting up next to shore and slowly dragging the fly out past the grass line.
Very soon they will be hitting bass bugs on top.


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Re: Bass, ponds, and a kayak [Re: J-Moe] #10631159 02/19/15 09:08 PM
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Thanks for all of the help and tips guys! Maybe I can try and get out there tomorrow evening after the wind dies down, supposed to hit 80 tomorrow afternoon!

Originally Posted By: J-Moe
Once the topwater bite picks up I would add a popper as well. I like to tie and use Hook-line & Sinkers easy froggy tie.

I actually just watched his youtube videos on this! I may go and pick up some supplies to tie a few tonight!


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