Squirmy nymphs for black bass
Italy based Romanian fly fisher Lucian Vasies ties an easy, wiggly nymph, which is very efficient for his local black bass - and probably many other species too.
I had a few nice days of fishing for black bass in small lakes. Here in Lombardia, where I have lived for a couple of years, fishing in private lakes stuffed with stocked fish is one way of having fun for local fishermen - especially during the winter when other waters are closed.
You know the expression:
"When in Rome, do as the Romans". So that's what I did.
I went a few times I with my friends and I tried to catch a few fish. But in lakes where spinning techniques and soft lure fishing is used together with natural bait fishing, it is quite difficult to get good results on a fly rod.
But what did I care?
I used my fly rods and my lake flies and I had fun as soon I started using my river nymphs for muddy waters: a strange kind of red worms and San Juan variants tied with squirmy wormy bodies and red stretch floss.
I used them in the winter, but also in the spring and it seems that they work very well even when the water is cold and the black bass theoretically should not be eating.
I used a
floating line when I fished close to the bank and an intermediate or sinking line when I fished deeper. Equipment used: Winston Boron size #8 9', a Lamson Reel with Cortland sinking and intermediate lines and a Barrio floating line, which is a really good line.
I highly recommend these flies even if they look more like a soft lure. Black bass is a great fish to catch, explosive in its attacks, a good fighter combined with impressive jumps. Give it a try and you'll love this fish.
Tying the fly is not a big deal.
Everybody can make them. It's fun and easy: just use a size hook in the 10-14 range, a piece of thread to fix the squirmy material on the hook shank. Leave a nice long tail (3-4 time longer than the hook shank) and make the body of the fly using the same material or spiky synthetic dubbing or flashy chenille.
Your imagination is the limit but I have only one piece of advice: the fly should move a lot in the water.