I've been smallmouth fishing for years now. I started off with a pretty flimsy 5wt rod that could barely cast a Clouser, let alone an articulated beast. I was even bold enough to cast big steelhead rigs this year. It was a struggle for sure. I finally invested in a 6wt TFO rod this year and love it! I actually landed my first steelhead with it. Bass bugs, heavy flies, and big streamers are no longer a challenge. Now you may be asking, "So what?" Well the theory is that bigger flies attract bigger fish, duh, but is it true? Those of you who have caught rock bass and bluegill know that they try to fit anything and everything in their mouths. The same goes for bass. What do y'all think?
Here are a few of my big flies. The sex dungeon and swimming frog are very popular patterns. The white fuzzy guys are ones I've tied up. The top is a variant of the butt monkey and the bottom is a bunny fly with lead eyes that is modified to ride inverted. I chose white because the bass go nuts for white. I'm going to go fishing tomorrow and see what I can scare up from the depths!