Popper fishing

May 26, 2010  |  Instruction, Reports  |  Share
These guys wore the poppers out

These guys wore the poppers out

Now that summer is upon us,  it’s time to break out the poppers and start hitting the lakes and ponds. Adam and I spent most of the evening keeping some bass and bream occupied at one of our local haunts. The action was steady from the start, with plenty of good-sized bream attacking the poppers and some smaller bass thrown in the mix as well.

The past two days I have been teaching myself how to fish with a cast on my left hand, after breaking it 3 weeks ago now.  I must say the self-lessons are going quite well, I have been able to keep up just fine with a few adjustments,

Making it work with the cast

Making it work with the cast

and a lot more patience.  The trickiest part has been the landing and releasing of the fish, but so far so good.

When fishing your local lakes, rivers, or ponds,  keep it simple.  remember you’re not chasing the finicky trout that spooks easily. Bass and bream are much quicker to ambush a fly and the surface takes are just awesome.  a 5 wt rod will do, but a 6 or 7 is recommended if you are targeting sizeable bass.  a fly box with assorted color and size poppers will do just fine fished on a shorter leader. And of course, wooly buggers should be at hand when the surface bite turns off, keep them right next to the bug spray! Good luck and be safe out there, always leaving it cleaner than you found it.

Adam on the stalk

Adam on the stalk


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