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Chapter Two: Fishing For Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass

Fly fishing tips for moving water, timing, retrieving flies, and more

Fishing For Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass Chapter 2  - Video Lessons From Orvis On The Basics of Fly Fishing

Learning how to fly fish for bass is a great introduction to the sport of fly fishing. We believe that it's best to start out on a pond with bass or panfish instead of on moving water. Fly fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is a wonderful way to spend a quiet afternoon and most people have them close to home so it's a way to get out and try your newfound skills right away.

Bass take flies eagerly but timing is important to make sure you fly fish in the right places throughout the season. We'll explore bass life cycles, how to select flies for largemouth and smallmouth bass, the right tackle to cast bass flies, and how to retrieve the fly with both floating and sinking flies. You'll also learn how to cast big bass flies into the wind from our casting expert Big Pete. Upon completing this chapter, you will know how to fly fish for bass.

Watch the entire chapter, or select segments below:
Orvis Fishing Reports

The most complete report of fly fishing conditions in North America!

Our professional reports are updated weekly with stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips for the most important fly-fishing destinations in North America. Plan your next fishing trip knowing you'll arrive without any surprises—or discover some new fishing destinations in your area.