Fishing the Natural MouseRat Bass Fly
Our "Perfect Fly" Natural MouseRat Bass Fly is an improved version of an old, traditional
imitation I think was originated by Mr. Dave Whitlock, although I'm not sure of that. It's an
imitation of a large mouse or a small rat. Rodents commonly get into the water and bass
will eat them. It's made of deer hair, floats well and has a more realistic approach to little
details such as the ears and eyes. It's ears and tail are made of leather, so the fly is very
durable. This fly has a long tail that gives it action and makes it look alive to both
Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass. Northern Pike and Musky will also take this fly.
It's best to cast the Natural MouseRat Bass Fly near some heavy cover in relatively
shallow water. It will also raise bass from the deeps provided there is cover nearby but it
is deadly in milfoil, hydrilla and grass beds. It also works great around logs, tree tops and
Let the fly sit still like a top water bass lure for several seconds before moving it. You
almost can't let it sit for too long. As its name indicates, It looks natural enough to fool the
bass just siting still. When you first move it, do it very slightly, just enough to give the tail
This bass fly has a nylon weed guard that prevents it from hanging in weeks and grass.
When you set the hook, set it hard and firm. It's best fished on a stiff, fast action fly rod
that's at least a 6 weight. Most anglers prefer a 7 weight floating line and fly rod for
largemouth bass and pike. Smallmouth anglers sometimes use a lighter rod. We
recommend a 6 or 7 weight for them also.
The Natural MouseRat fly works great in slightly off colored water but will also work in
clear water if it is presented near heavy cover where the bass can hide. It's also known to
produce some very large bass, pike and musky.
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