Green Frog Bass Fly
The Green Frog Bass Fly is an old traditional top water bass fly that's been around for
over a century. No one knows who first came up with the fly pattern. Deer hair floats well
naturally and can be shaped like the real thing and in this case, the basic shape of a real
There are two type of frogs the Green Bass fly imitates but the most common is a Bull
Frog. Bull frogs live around ponds and lakes and get in the water frequently to avoid
predators and to acquire food. When they do, they are subject to being eaten by big
bass. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass eat frogs.
Land based frogs get into the water probably because they don't know any better, or
maybe they just jump in the water to see cool off. When a live creature the size of a frog
gets in the water where large bass live, they are not going to live long.
The Green Frog Bass Fly works in all types of water. It works in clear to slightly stained
water. Bass living in pond, lakes and reservoirs are usually found near some type of
cover. Since frogs stay on the banks or floating objects in the water, it's best to fish your
Green Frog Bass fly near the banks and floating objects in the water. You want to
present the fly as close as possible to cover along the banks of the lake or stream. It's
weed guard will keep it from snagging most obstructions. Cast the frog fly around logs, lily
pads, tree tops, weed and grass beds, reeds, rocks, rip- rap, and boulders
Allow the fly to sit still for several seconds when it first lands on the water. Start out by
popping the fly using your non-fly rod hand and striping two or three inches of line in by
making short, quick jerks. Pause the fly between pops. You want the fly to make some
noise. Vary the speed of the pops and the frequency of the pops to see what works best.
Most of the time the bass will hit the fly when it is sitting still. Slow is key.
We suggest at least a six weight fly rod. A seven weight would be better, especially if your
fishing for large bass. You want enough power to get a bass out of heavy cover. Use at
least a 12 pound tippet with the Red and White Frog Bass fly. Even a heavier tippet may
be needed if your fishing heavy cover for large bass.
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