Bass

Maine's Smallmouth Bass

  • By: Rick Ruoff
  • Photography by: Val Atkinson
  • , Barry Beck
  • and Cathy Beck
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Flip open a copy of Delorme’s Maine Atlas and Gazetteer and you might be amazed at all the water in the state. Probably best known for big brook trout and classic landlocked-salmon fishing, Maine has everything required to fulfill fishing fantasies. Throw in some wonderful saltwater fishing for stripers and blues along the coast, not to mention the big bluefins shouldering along the continental shelf, and what else do you need? Well, bass, for one thing. Largemouth and smallmouth inhabit areas of the state as large and varied as the trout and salmon habitat, in some spots even overlapping those salmonids.

Devilishly Good....

  • Photography by: Ted Fauceglia
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Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from the July/August 1979 issue of Rod & Reel magazine, as Fly Rod & Reel was then named. It was the first fly-design feature in this magazine’s 30-year history.

Amy's, My Wife, Big Catch

Amy's, My Wife, Big Catch

She caught this in a private body of water in Northwest Georgia.

Hidden Spots

  • By: Beau Beasley
Bass & Panfish

I Scan the edge of a local farm pond and find what I'm looking for-a small cedar shrub, the victim of erosion, leaning into the water. If I place my popper just right, I'll quickly discover if anyone is home. Out goes the Walt's Popper, a tan-bellied frog imitation, beneath the low branches of that bush…and a hungry largemouth responds. That bass is the finale of a fine evening and its capture represents a paramount moment in my angling education: if I hadn't realized what was staring me in the face, I might have overlooked that pond, which practically rested in my backyard. You see, my church owns the pond. I'd seen it many times before, but never with angling eyes - an overlooked bass fishery in plain sight.

Tying Tap's Bug

  • Photography by: Ted Fauceglia

Tap's Bug is one of the all-time great fly-rod bass bugs. Let's tie one. (Please be patient—it may take a minute or two for all of the photos to load!) Start the thread on the hook shank. Tie in the bucktail tail. Trim the front end of the clump of bucktail and make a nice taper with thread on