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Suggestion: Mark Dysinger has been chasing smallmouth bass with the flyrod for many years, and during that time he's come across some surprisingly difficult fish. Super clear water and high fishing pressure can make these bass as fussy and easily spooked as any educated trout.
This may be the method and patterns that saves the day
Tie a muddler
Pictures: Martin Joergensen: "One evening when I was tying flies with a couple of friends, one of them, Nils, asked me to tie a muddler, just as a demo. I did. Luckily the other friend, Henning, was quick and caught these great pictures of the process."
These step-by-step pictures show you how to tie a nice muddler.
More on tying with hen hackles
Note the use of a soft webby hen hackle for the wing in place of the more traditional pair of duck quill slips.