- By: Phil Monahan
- Photography by: Scott Sanchez
- Illustrations by: Fred Thomas
Everyone knows that bass love weeds, but to cover big weedbeds efficiently, you often need a boat (although not necessarily a sparkly one). Unfortunately, and most noted in the South, the lake bottom around most weeds is mucky, with a thick layer of decaying vegetation on top. But in cooler climes—the northern tier of the country and at higher elevations—sandy or rocky lakebeds allow wading anglers to get in on the action. And because fish often bury themselves too deep in the weeds for boaters to reach, in some situations wading anglers may have advantages over their floating brethren.
- Photography by: Ted Fauceglia
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.
The River of Grass
- By: Steve Kantner
Fly-fishing for largemouths with topwater flies reaches its peak when spring water levels fall in the Florida Everglades.
- By: Beau Beasley
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.
- By: Chad Mason