In the next installment of “Different Fish, Different Places” we go to Bass Country.
Most people in the continental United States have undeniable access to bass fishing right in their backyards. Whether in a pond or a local river, bass is America’s fish. Join us with Adam from Blue Line Fly Co. as we explore some Southeast Bassin!
Flylords: Have you ever gotten funny footage of yourself casting flies over the minnows in your home waters?
Adam: Absolutely! Whenever I pass people in the river, they will ask what I am doing. And generally, they don’t think it’s for bass, usually, they think I’m trying to catch carp.
FL: Why do you love smallmouth so much?
Adam: They fight hard and you get a lot of visual fodder. I love watching the smallmouths hunt their prey. Plus, some can be very pretty fish when colored.
FL: Do you think bass can handle more fishing pressure?
Adam: I personally think smallmouth handle fishing pressure worse than trout. We have had quite a few rivers wrecked in our area by kayak rental locations. Between the pressure and the amount of garbage in the river in the difficult areas we stay away. The best smallmouth rivers we’ve found are remote. I’m not sure if this is as true for areas with more catch and release fly anglers or not. But it sure is true here.
FL: How many flies have you done R&D for the minnows?
Adam: Oh, hundreds of R&D models have been tested. We are constantly developing new designs and testing thousands of Blue Line Co flies you’ve never even heard of. But I feel like I learn something from every fly that doesn’t work. Be it the profile, the color combination or the movement in the water. It’s all a puzzle that when put together can work well and make it to market or fail and be another fly in the reject bin.
FL: What is your usual setup for smallmouth fishing?
Adam: I use a 7wt (or an 8wt for bigger and deeper water) with a heavy sink tip fly line.
The 7s are better for finesse and casting under trees and around stumps, but the 8s sometimes handle flies easier and handle the heavier sink tips we use. Plus, the biggest fish we find will put up a big fight even on an 8wt, you’re not outgunned. I’m not in the crowd as I’ll usually gravitate towards softer, slower action rods, while the industry is moving towards stiffer faster rods.
FL: What is your Fly Tying setup?
Adam: I use a dyna king or a renzetti vice. Both have pros and cons and I don’t like either for just 1 function. I wish there was a substitute brand I could find that did it all, but just like the rods, there isn’t.
FL: What’s next for BlueLineCo?
Adam: BlueLineCo was based on helping people get out on the water in their local fisheries. We started helping fishermen in communities where there were no shops or fly resources. We want to continue this trend with other fisheries across the country and continue to make quality products for people. Hopefully, this leads to a more enjoyable time on the water.
Thanks to Adam from BlueLineCo for taking us behind the scenes! If you want to check out the rest of the “Different Fish in Different Places” series, head on over LOON Youtube Channel.
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