Spring Has Sprung
By Lesley Allen
Ah, Springtime, what a great time of year! The weather is warming up, the sun is shining more , the days are longer, and yes, the fish are either spawning or getting ready to spawn. Fly Fishers are usually on the hunt for bedding bass or bream, (panfish). I wanted to offer a few tips to help make your Spring fishing easier and more productive.
First of all, get your gear ready. It might be time to take off that mangled leader and replace it with a new one. For warm water fishing I usually use a shorter leader of 7.5 feet. I also go with a stronger leader than one that I would use for trout. Typically this would be a 7.5 3X leader. If you haven’t cleaned your line lately then this would be a good time to do that as well. You want your gear to always be in tip top shape. Bass Pro offers several different line cleaning products.
Next be sure to wear sunscreen or bug spray. There are lots of critters around our favorite lakes, ponds, and rivers during the warm months. It is always best to put these things on before you leave the house and be sure to wash your hands afterward. If you don’t wash your hands, you could get these chemicals on your flies and this is HUGE turn off for fish. How about wearing sun gloves and hat too? Yes, you can never cover up enough when you are out all day in the sun enjoying your favorite fishing hole.
Lastly, be sure to take plenty of bream flies and poppers. Spring top water takes are a ton of fun on a fly. I recommend starting off your fishing with bright poppers such as white, chartreuse, or yellow. For later times in the day or dusk, you can switch to a black popper. Bream and bass both will bite on bream flies such as our Bream Madness, or as we call them locally, “Bream Killers”. Bream Killers come in several colors and all seem to be very productive.
Come by the White River Fly shop and check out our warm water fly selection. We would be happy to help you pick out a selection or to help you check and clean your fly gear. As always, wear sun protection and have fun!
White River Leaders:
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Poppers: Betts Bee Pop Poppers
Popper Lure- Did you know the cupped mouth is what allows the popping sound? To learn more about Fly Fishing see one of our White River Fly Shop Experts for more details.