Red and White Frog Bass Fly
The Red and White Frog Bass Fly is an old traditional top water bass fly that's been
around longer than anyone living can remember. Deer hair frog fly patterns have been
tied for years. Deer hair floats well naturally and can be shaped like the real thing and in
this case, the basic shape of a real 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 Red and White Frog Bass Fly doesn't imitate red and white frogs. I don't think I've
seen a red and white frog. The reason the fly works as well as it does is because it is
visible in off colored water. Bass living in pond, lakes and reservoirs are often found in
dingy to muddy water. The red and white contrasting colors get the attention of bass
cruising shallow off-colored or stained water looking for food.
You want to present the fly near 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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