Photos and Video: Epic Early-Season Smallmouths in Ontario

Written by: Mark Melnyk, The New Fly Fisher


Big smallmouths gorge on baitfish--and surface flies--during the early season.
All photos courtesy The New Fly Fisher

We left the house at 5 a.m., sunroof open, windows wide. It was unseasonably warm for the middle of spring, and we were loving it. The sun beat down for the entire trip, the music was turned up, and the air of angling . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Fly-Fish for Bass

Back in August, we featured a cool profile of angler Jeff Currier in a Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, and here he offers some of his top tips for bass fishing with a fly rod. From choosing the right gear to casting big flies to making sure you land the . . .

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Podcast: Late-Season Smallmouths, with Mike Schultz


Mike Schultz shows off a bruiser bronzeback.
Photo courtesy Mike Schultz

Do you stop fishing for smallmouth bass when summer ends? If you do, you could be missing the best bass fishing of the year and the chance at your biggest smallmouth. Mike Schultz–of . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: How to Rig for Smallmouth Bass


Photo by Kip Vieth

Kip Vieth, of Wildwood Float Trips, is known as a musky expert, but he has also written several posts about smallmouth bass. (See his Choosing the Right Fly Rod for Your Quarry is Vital to the Health of the Fishery and his. . .

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Videos: Trout, Pike, and Bass Smashing Flies On Top!

Our Canadian friends at The New Fly Fisher television show have been releasing a ton of content on their Youtube page lately, and these four shorts really caught my eye. As a topwater fanatic, . . .

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Video: “Buffalo Brothers” in the Ozarks

About 90 percent of the media you see about fly fishing in Arkansas involves a huge dam and giant tailwater trout. Here's a great, 11½-minute video that focuses on the "authentic Ozark . . .

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Pro Tips: Support Your Bass—Stop the Lip Grip!


Rob Woodruff of Woodruff Guide Service shows how to properly support a bass's body.
Photo by Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff

Fly fishers have spent a lot of time over the past couple of years trying to promote the #Keepemwet ethic as a way to ensure the highest survival rates from catch-and-release. . .

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Pro Tips: Top 10 Topwater Flies for Smallmouth Bass

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


Kip Vieth is passionate about the smallmouth-bass fishing in his home state of Minnesota.
Photo courtesy Kip Vieth

I call the banks of the Upper Mississippi River home. Our shop and guide service is located right in the heart of the famous catch-and-release section, just north of the Twin Cities. Where we live, . . .

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Video: How to Fish a Bass Popper for Maximum Effect

I spend a lot time during the summer casting bass poppers and sliders from the family canoe. There's definitely a way to do it right, and Colin McKeown from The New Fly Fisher offers. . .

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