Older fly fishing classics include a wealth of data for the newbie fly fisher in addition to the skilled angler.
The next is an excerpt from Sensible Fly Fishing, by Larry St. John (1920)
WADING A STREAM
Ideally suited Fishing
The perfect method to fish a bass stream, if its depth and backside will allow, is to wade. Some one has stated that Artwork is the gorgeous approach of doing issues. Definitely then, wading the stream is the artist’s method of fishing for Micropterus. It has all of the allure of trout fishing and all of its thrills and rarely is so lonesome since lots of our bass streams are in settled districts. One typically fishes a stream and isn’t out of listening to of the cowbells and the barking of pleasant farm canine however is within the wilderness however. When the angler wades he turns into part of the stream and its life and the extra he fishes a effective stretch of water the friendlier it turns into.
Bass and Flies
One purpose I consider bass fly fishermen usually are not as usually profitable as their trout fishing brethren is as a result of the bass fisher, as a category, has not put as a lot research into his waters and his strategies. This isn’t to be questioned at when you think about that fly fishing for bass is, in contrast with trouting, in its first tooth stage. In different phrases, if some anglers loudly proclaim that the east wind bloweth when they’re bassing with flies it’s due, to not the bass however to the angler.
True one seldom will get the large, previous, granddaddy bass of ’em all on a fly, neither do the larger trout come to the web by the identical route, however the common of the stream or lake could be caught on flies and are on sure waters. Is it solely due to sure native peculiarities of fish, water or circumstances that fly fishing for bass is practiced so efficiently on such extensively separated waters as, to say a couple of: the higher Mississippi and Illinois rivers within the Center West; the Susquehanna, Potomac and Delaware within the East; the Present and St. Francis within the Ozarks; the Belgrade Lakes in Maine? I feel not. Bass fly fishing has lengthy been practiced and studied in these locations, therefore the success.
Except for its magnificence and appeal wading a stream makes for fulfillment. Within the first place a stream that’s of wadable depth is right for fly fishing and the angler, shifting slowly and quietly, with solely a portion of his physique above water is, as previous Dennys put it, much less more likely to “offend the fearful Fish’s eye.”
Seasons, Climate, And so forth.
As a basic rule the trout fisher can go a-fishing earlier together with his flies than the angler who fishes for bass in northern North America. An incredible lots of our good bass streams are in civilized territory and the Spring rains, plus the drainage of farm lands, often roils the water. If one should have bass then most success will probably be had if he’ll dangle an angle, baited with worm, helgramite or craw, within the deep holes.
Because the season advances fly fishing improves however June often finds the bass busy with household affairs they usually shouldn’t be bothered even when the regulation permits. July is often a superb month on all streams and on the bigger ones this month and August typically produce better of all – and simply when the lakes are yielding least. Very low water, nevertheless, typically drives the fish into the holes on small streams in the course of the ” canine days.”
September, the month Japanese and Midwest trout fishermen shut up store, is often wonderful besides the week of the equinoctial storm. October – brown October – additionally yields nicely, and the seasons we’ve got “a late Fall” fishing continues good even properly into November. Native circumstances additionally have to be thought-about.
The perfect fly fishing day is a darkish, overcast one, simply earlier than a rain, or higher nonetheless, when it merely suggests or threatens to rain and does not with sufficient breeze to ruffle the floor of the water. Subsequent greatest is what the typical individual would name a “good day.”- when the solar shines, the sky is blue and pleasant and streamside posies and tree tops nod to fitful breeze lets that put a slight ripple on the stream.
The perfect time of the day is undoubtedly the early morning hours, from daybreak till eight or 9 o’clock and from 4 within the afternoon till sunset and even till after darkish. Throughout cloudy days the midday hours typically produce properly. Nevertheless, most of us fish the day via and maybe it does not add a lot to the heft of our creels however it provides lightness to our hearts and uplift to our spirits and there’s all the time the anticipation of the luck the night fishing goes to convey us – until, perchance, it’s the final day and we should give up premature to catch the 5:15 for residence. Then we’re out of luck because the fish invariably start to rise nicely because the quitting hour approaches -’twas ever thus because the poets say! However by no means thoughts: different days are coming and for that matter if the fish turn out to be too difficult one can all the time “miss” a practice and ship a telegram of rationalization later. Such issues have occurred! Actually, I do know bald-headed males who’ve, selecting love earlier than obligation, thus performed truant from house and enterprise beneath these circumstances.
Thunder and lightning storms are unpropitious for good fishing however a mild bathe typically turns the tide in our favor and units the fish to rising.
The path of the wind has little to do with the success of a day on a stream because the wind comes from all instructions if the river is in any respect winding. The proverbial east wind might have native influences, in England or on our east coast, however in any other case isn’t objectionable and the phases of the moon have little to do with fishermen’s luck or the whimsical temper of Micropterus, besides that the bass might do their feeding on moonlight nights and be detached in the course of the day. On this case the angler, properly ready for mosquitoes and with heavy deal with, can do his fishing after sunset.