Smallmouth On The FLY – Fly fishing for smallmouth bass – McFly Angler Episode 18

Smallmouth Bass are scrappy fighters that are willing to eat a large variety of baits. They are fun to catch with conventional gear, and an absolute blast on a fly rod. Especially when fishing is this good. While we didn’t catch a whole lot, I believe we boated 20+ fish this day. Generally they like bright colored baits, but we caught a few on some more generic baitfish colors like brown/white, olive/yellow, etc…

We were fishing at Navajo Lake, a large lake in northern New Mexico, that is the start of the San Juan River. It is a cold water lake with many species including trout, salmon, pike, bluegill, perch, and of course smallmouth bass. Unfortunately there are no shad in this lake, so you must fish perch or bluegill patterns. However they seem to still go after chartreuse/white lures pretty well. The water seemed clear as can be, however Kyle told me that this was a bit off color since the lake was so high.

It was a really fun day, getting to fish with a great friend on a great fishery. This really was one of the more enjoyable fishing days I have had in a long time.

I was able to stay out of the sun by wearing a neck gaiter and some gloves. The gloves were fingerless, and both the gaiter and gloves were rated high for sun exposure. Both were pretty decent deals. $9.99 for the neck gaiter and $15.99 for the gloves. If you want to get them, the links are below to the exact ones I have…
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Also, if you are interested in the same setup I have for fishing smallmouth, here is a list to the gear I used.
TFO Lefty Krey Pro II 8wt –
Sage 3880 Reel – (out of stock like everywhere) Search on Ebay and you might find one. Its an older reel, that is not discontinued.
Rio Aqualux WF8I (full sink line 1.5-2fps) –

Below are a list of the flies I used, and links to video’s where you can learn to tie them. Each of these below actually caught fish this day.
Craft Wind Streamer –
EP style minnow –
Squishy Head Bluegill –
Crafty Reverse Tied Minnow –


Stop Revealing Locations On Social Media

For at least the last few years people have been their own worst enemy by sharing exact locations of special spots on social media. I see it everyday. People geotag or give exact location or address of a fishing spot, hiking trail or an unknown pond in the middle of the forest or something similar. 3 weeks after you got your dopamine fix with a bunch of likes on Instagram or Facebook you go back to your secret spot and you discover it’s not a secret spot anymore. People have trashed it. People have shared it on their social media and now when you show up there are people there. It’s your own fault. Stop burning your spots on social media. The new catch phrase is Digital Leave No Trace.

I see it all the time, you post a video and people want to know the exact location you were when you caught that giant fish. Be general in your comments and description. Tell them the name of the river, not the exact bend of the river where you caught that trophy fish. I sometimes share a location with a viewer if they send me a direct message. I don’t mind doing that. I ask them not to burn the spot on their social media. You know how I feel, tell me your opinion in the comments. Should we all take a social media break?

Here is the article from Modern Hiker I mentioned in the video.

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How to Fish for Klutina River Red Salmon

In this video, Scott Maclean, a fisheries biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, shows how to fish for red (sockeye) salmon in the Klutina River. He details where to fish, what type of gear to use, and demonstrates the fishing technique often referred to as ‘flossing’. In addition, he discusses the regulations and demonstrates the difference between a legally-hooked fish and a foul-hooked fish. Produced by Erik Anderson – ADF&G Sport Fish Division Region III. Copyright 2015 ADF&G.

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Big Bass Fishing at Little Seneca Lake – Topwater, Drop Shotting, and the Deeper Fishfinder!

Cornell from YouTubeFISHINGVIDS invited me back to his home lake. The last time we fished it was December, the water was freezing, and the bite was brutal. Completely different conditions this time, with water temps in the low 60s, I slay a 2.5 lber in the first 5 minutes of the day on a buzzbait! You’ll have to watch the rest to see how our 13 hour day on the water unfolds…

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Lures Used:
—War Eagle Buzzbait (3/8 ounce, black/gold, 1/0 gamakatsu trailer hook)
—River2Sea Whopper Plopper 130 (loon)
—Straight Tail Roboworm 6″ (morning dawn, 1/0 Gamakatsu Roboworm Rebarb hooks, 1/8 ounce tungsten weight)
—Gary Yamamoto Senko 5″ (watermelon magic, 4/0 gamakatsu EWG hook)

Rod/Reel/Line used:
—13 Fishing Concept C (7:3:1 – 20 lb suffix 832 braid) with a 13 Fishing Envy Black rod 6’10” med/fast
—Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 (10 lb suffix 832 braid – 7 lb sunline sniper fluorocarbon leader) with a 13 fishing omen black spinning rod 6’7″ med/light – extra fast
—13 Fishing Concept C (7:3:1 – 14 lb sunline sniper fluorocarbon) with a 13 Fishing Envy Black rod 7’1″ MH/fast

Camera Gear:
Gopro hero 4 silver (1080p, 60 FPS, medium FOV)
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Chest Mount


Location: Little Seneca Lake – Germantown, Maryland
Date: April 25th, 2016
Primary Pattern: Early morning topwater bite on a shallow flat, then finessing em the rest of the day in coves or on points.
Time Fished: 6 am – 7 pm
Air Temp: High of 79 degrees, low of 49 degrees
Water Temp: 62 degrees
Water Clarity: 48 inches
Conditions: Mostly sunny with winds from the west up to 5 mph


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