But with the heat we've been having, I thought wading a river for smallmouth bass might be a bit cooler and more relaxing. Its something else I've been wanting to do. So, I went wading and fly-fishing for smallmouth bass.
I had selected a stretch of river I had never fished before, on a river I hadn't really fished since about 1990! I got there, and the road was closed and construction work was being done on the bridge where I was going to start wading from. So, I crossed that spot off my plans. I could go downstream to the stretch I fished back in my college days...or I could head further upstream. I went upstream.
The area upstream I had actually heard of before, but never knew where it was. It was Soper's Mill on the Skunk River north of Ames, Iowa. Its a popular canoe launch location.
I was surprised how small, narrow, and low the river was. Oh well, I'm here and I'm ready to give it a try.
Just below the round-boulder "dam", I tried a number of fly patterns. I had a couple hits on a Foxee Red Clouser, but didn't hook up. I tried some nymphs with no hits. I tried a Clouser Deep Minnow and a largish "microjig". Nothing. I can't remember what else I tried, but I went back to a Clouser. I got a hit and hooked up! It was a 13-incher.
|See the Clouser Deep Minnow?|
I waded downstream a bit and decided to try a balsa popper I had bought somewhere. I cast it out and before I could even twitch it, a fish hit!