Swimming Shad Bass Fly
The Swimming Shad Bass Fly is one of the best flies ever designed for both hog size
Largemouth Bass and big Smallmouth Bass. It's also a proven killer Striped Bass fly.
Strippers love shad and the big landlocked stripers as well as migrating and stripers love
the Swimming Shad fly. Hybrid stripped bass won't turn the fly down under any
circumstances. In addition to bass, the Swimming Shad Bass fly has proven very effective
for both pike and musky. It not only imitates shad, it also imitates many other white belly
baitfish that inhibit the waters of lakes, rivers and reservoirs.
This fly is extremely durable and even the sharp teeth of pike and musky won't quickly
destroy the fly like they will many others. The Swimming Shad Bass fly consist mostly of a
rabbit strip. You can catch many largemouth bass and/or smallmouth bass using the
same fly for an entire season.
Cast the fly towards a weed line, or reeds along a bank, allowing it to get as close as
possible without hanging. Give it some time to sink. Start a very quick retrieve, jerking the
fly in short jerks of just a few inches. This will add a lot of action to the fly and make it
appear to be a wounded or injured baitfish. This retrieve usually works but it not, start
stripping it in one to two foot strips. Every once in a while stop the fly dead and let it fall.
Hold on to the rod because often the bass will try to take it out of your hands when they
This fly is best fished on an eight weight sinking or sinking tip fly line. It depends on the
depth of water you are fishing. You should use at least an eight fool long leader made of
twelve to twenty pound test mono.
You can adjust the weight of the fly by adding split shot if necessary to fish deeper water.
Place it a few inches above the fly. You want to avoid using added too much weight. If
possible, get the fly deep enough using the right type of fly line. Added weight should
only be used when you don't have the right line for the depth of the water you are fishing.
Alternate these two types of retrieves until you can determine which one is working the
best. The exact retrieves can make a big difference in triggering a strike. If you notice the
fish following the fly and not taking it, speed up the retrieve. Don't stop it at first. If they
don't charge and take it, you may try stopping it and allowing it to fall but most of the time
speeding it up very fast works the best.
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