Bassin' with a Fly Rod

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BASSIN' is more fun with a fly rod!
Over 20 million people go out for bass every year, and in this important book Jack Ellis unravels some of the barriers that face the fly-rod bass fisherman—whether a new convert from spinning and baitcasting or a trout fly fisherman in new water.
To fully understand fly fishing for bass, one must have an acquaintance with its origins. This book helps the reader appreciate the rich history of bass fishing. ...

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Overview

BASSIN' is more fun with a fly rod!
Over 20 million people go out for bass every year, and in this important book Jack Ellis unravels some of the barriers that face the fly-rod bass fisherman—whether a new convert from spinning and baitcasting or a trout fly fisherman in new water.
To fully understand fly fishing for bass, one must have an acquaintance with its origins. This book helps the reader appreciate the rich history of bass fishing. Jack Ellis brings his skills as a naturalist to these pages, not only because of their relevance to successful angling, but also because of their contribution to the fly fisher's overall experience in nature.
Jack's extensive experience and experimentation with a variety of flies and fly-rod lures prompt the reader to think about his own bass-fishing techniques. Serious warmwater fly fishers need to read this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585745838
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,539,906
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Ellisis author of The Sunfishes (page 161), as well as numerous magazine articles, which appeared in American Angler, together with writings for publications of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Real Fly Fishing 1
Imitating Topwater Food Forms
Fish Slowly
Small Bass on Light Tackle
Schooling Bass
Fishing from the Bank
Basking and Cruising Bass
Nymphing for Bass
Chapter 2 Where the Bass Are 23
Farm Ponds and Subdivision Lakes
Keeping It Wild
Fishing in a Flower Garden
Creeks and Tailwaters
Back in the Timber
Over the Moss
Behind the Willows
Tag Fishing for Bass
Finding Fish in Big Water
Taking Bearings
Chapter 3 You Should've been Here Yesterday 63
Feast or Famine
As the Seasons Change
Time of Day
Water Clarity
Water Chemistry
Satiated Bass
Crowded Conditions
Chapter 4 The Way It was 83
Henshall to Lucas--The Golden Age
Lucas to Whitlock--The Dark Age
The Whitlock Revolution
Chapter 5 None Dare Call It Fly Fishing 107
The Problem
The Solutions
Baitfish, Crawfish, Salamanders
Plan A Soft Plastic
Plan B Spinner Baits
Plan C Jigs
Chapter 6 The Right Stuff 145
Rods and Reels
Lines
Leaders
Casting
What About Boats?
The Versatile Jon Boat
Bass Boat, etc.
Boatmanship
Operate Safely
Chapter 7 Bona Fide Flies and Other Things 167
Topwater Bass Flies
Texas Chugger
A Hair Bug for the Harried Tyer
Water Snakes and Rabbit Strips
Grinnel Fly
Hairy Mouse Slider
Marabou Muddler
Lester's Jointed Diver
Soft Plastic and Other Lures
Postscript 191
Bibliography 195
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