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So I threw some cork poppers at the lake across from my house after work tonight just to practice my casting, but nothing hit. I wasn't really trying for a fish, just chilling out. I ran into a spin fisherman who told me he has been slaying largemouth all week right across the street from my house! He had the pics on his phone to prove it. He said he was using "blue gill" colors on his lures, plastic worms, and other spin fisherman thingamajigs I know nothing about. He offered to lend me his other rod and reel so I too could enjoy these fish, but I couldn't do it. I WILL catch a largemouth on the long rod, soon 30 seconds from my house!

I also want it to be on a home tied fly. I fished for trout for a few years on store bought flies and haven't tied one of those on in over a year since I started tying. I want to cross over into Bass patterns, but I'm intimidated with the hair, lead eyes, etc. that I see on bass flies. I tie woolly buggers and that's as close as I have come to streamers.

So, what do you all suggest for effective largemouth patterns that are easy for a home tyer such as myself to get into? Clouser minnows look easy enough, but of course I have none of the materials (Am I about to embark on a new area of fly tying that will led to a need for more tying material storage, more $, and another addiction?) Thanks in advance for your suggestions!!!
 

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The clouser is a pretty easy tie, but if you want easy and affective, just tie up some big cone head wooley buggers... in dark olive and add a little orange... Maybe use two feathers for your body, brown/orange or even blue orange.

Not sure where you are located, but I have a bunch of extra buck tail I would share. that said, the bugger may be the preferred fly. If you go in the fly archive and go to page two, I posted the wanna be, which is a little longer tie than a bugger, but it slays bass. Good luck, and get it done right away, pond fishing is turning on and the best is not going to last forever.
 

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Oyey said:
The clouser is a pretty easy tie, but if you want easy and affective, just tie up some big cone head wooley buggers... in dark olive and add a little orange... Maybe use two feathers for your body, brown/orange or even blue orange.

Not sure where you are located, but I have a bunch of extra buck tail I would share. that said, the bugger may be the preferred fly. If you go in the fly archive and go to page two, I posted the wanna be, which is a little longer tie than a bugger, but it slays bass. Good luck, and get it done right away, pond fishing is turning on and the best is not going to last forever.
X2 wooly Buggers. You can tie them in crazy colors and add rubbler legs as well. This time a year you would be very lucky if you got a bass to take a popper off of the surface.
Most streamers you would tie for trout would probably work for bass as well. Something with a lot of movement and some flash. You could probably invent something pretty easily for bass.
 

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x3 on the wooly bugger idea. I caught both my biggest bass (22" and 18") and a whole ton of little guys (less than 15") on wooly buggers. The big ones were caught on a bead head black/olive bugger. The maribou and hackle were black. The chenile was olive. I should tie a few of those up and hit up the ponds up here! I need my bass fix.
 

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I don't really like wooly buggers. Too much of a general pattern, you never really know what the fish was thinking when he took it. I prefer rabbit strip patterns like double bunny minnows or just a plain black rabbit strip leech. The slumpbuster is a good leech pattern and is easy to tie, and the rabbit fur has tons of motion underwater that can't be beat. Muddler minnows are awesome too, it takes a bit of experimenting, but you can tie the heads sparse enough and they will actually suspend in the water column, something most presentations don't do at all.
 

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I would also encourage you to go a try regular tackle for bass. You can cover more area and this allows you to get a better idea of how the bass are behaving and and under what conditions they feed on and so on...It WILL help your flyfishing and will allow you to become more in tune to what the bass are doing which in turn allows you to choose the correct presentation or approach or whatever, or maybe just to give it up for the day because they won't be biting anyway. I have found that you just can't learn very much about bass behavior by using a flyrod unless you already have some bassin experience.
 

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I've been catching a few on a meat whistle lately. Haven't been able to go try hardcore yet, but a few short outings are making me think that it will be a killer pattern.
 

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Take this for what it is worth, Clousers and Buggers will catch bass. If conditions are right, big frog poppers (or any big top water fly) can get your heart pounding...

I've caught a lot of bass on the fly the last 2 years ;)

BHR
 

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Take this for what it is worth, Clousers and Buggers will catch bass. If conditions are right, big frog poppers (or any big top water fly) can get your heart pounding...

I've caught a lot of bass on the fly the last 2 years ;)

BHR
I wanna give you mad props Dean, but your sig line gets me every time!!!
 

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I wanna give you mad props Dean, but your sig line gets me every time!!!
Truth. I'll change the pic and the signature.... Hope ya'll like boots, dusters, hats & guns..... give me a couple days, gotta head to west Texas in the morning 8)
 

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I would suggest tying deceiver patterns. Alot of saltwater baitfish patterns can be used to catch bass. Tie a deciever in the standard colors (white/chartreuse, white/blue, white/grey/green) and epoxy some holographic eyes on them. Fairly simple to tie, and has great action in the water.
 

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I like woolys and other leech patterns, but during the spring I just love sight fishing and suspending a neutrally buoyant muddler minnow right in front of a bass's mouth until he just can't resist and inhales it. I don't even like classic patterns like the muddler, but to a bass it must look like a hamburger suspended in midair to a famine victim >:D
 

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I would also encourage you to go a try regular tackle for bass. You can cover more area and this allows you to get a better idea of how the bass are behaving and and under what conditions they feed on and so on...It WILL help your flyfishing and will allow you to become more in tune to what the bass are doing which in turn allows you to choose the correct presentation or approach or whatever, or maybe just to give it up for the day because they won't be biting anyway. I have found that you just can't learn very much about bass behavior by using a flyrod unless you already have some bassin experience.

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