Tag Archives: fly-fishing for smallmouth bass

Pro Tips: Top 10 Topwater Flies for Smallmouth Bass

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


Kip Vieth is passionate about the smallmouth-bass fishing in his home state of Minnesota.
Photo courtesy Kip Vieth

I call the banks of the Upper Mississippi River home. Our shop and guide service is located right in the heart of the famous catch-and-release section, just north of the Twin Cities. Where we live, . . .

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Podcast: Finding and Catching Stream Smallmouth Bass with Paul Caldwell


Written by: Phil Monahan

There are tricks of the trade if you want to land more river smallies.
Photo by Drew Price Fly Fishing

This week’s podcast features smallmouth expert Paul Caldwell with tips on finding and catching stream smallmouths on a fly rod. Paul is a specialist in the Outfitter area of our Roanoke. . .

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Video: The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing, Episode II –
Bass on a Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

Largemouths on a fly are a blast.

Here’s the second episode of “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” to be published on Youtube. (We told you about Episode I and the series last week.) In Episode II, Tom Rosenbauer focuses on. . .

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Photo of the Day: Scouting Trip Smallie Success


Written by: Phil Monahan

When your trout river is blown out, it’s time to see if anything else is biting.
Photo by Mike Canady

Mike Canady of Ellensburg Angler in Ellensburg, Washington, sent in this great photo of his fellow guide, Todd Fuchigami with a big fish and a big smile. The Yakima River was blown out, so. . .

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Classic Pro Tips: How to Catch Springtime Smallmouths

Written by: Drew Price


Springtime offers the chance to catch some of the biggest smallmouths of the year.

Photos by Drew Price

When April begins, I start thinking about smallmouth bass. They will soon start making migratory spawning runs out of lakes, and some huge fish will be caught. It can be some of the most. . .

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Pro Tips: 5 Keys to Early-Season Smallmouth Success

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


The author’s son, Truman, with a fine early-season bronzeback.
Photo by Kip Vieth

Winter is the time to dream of warm summer days spent drifting down Midwestern rivers and watching the country’s largest smallmouth bass attack poppers. Those are great images to. . .

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Video: Scenes from a Darned Good Year on the Water


Written by: Phil Monahan

I don’t know who Jack Williams is–his vimeo profile simply says, “I like cheeseburgers and fish”–but he’s a young man who clearly loves to fish. And he gets around, chasing bonefish, trout, and. . .

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Photos: A Guide’s Work Is Never Boring

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


The fine smallmouths he caught will probably not be what young Moses remembers most from the day.
Photos courtesy Kip Vieth

While fishing earlier this summer, I heard a strange, goat-like noise. I looked over on the bank of the river, and there was a whitetail fawn stuck in the mud and unable to get up the hill. Mom. . .

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