Bob Petti's Bass bugs

By Bob Petti

I'm not sure how floating bass flies got the name "bug", but it certainly has stuck. Whether constructed of wood, plastic, foam, or hair, they all seem to be lumped into the generic category of "bass bug". Although a few are tied to imitate specific food forms, usually mice or frogs, most are very surreal, offering the impression of something living and outrageous.

Since bass are opportunistic feeders and keen predators, anything that looks edible is fair game, and those flies that attract attention and appear to be a vulnerable food source are the most successful. Bass bugs are without peer when it comes to attracting a bass's attention while suggesting a living creature struggling at the water's surface.

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User comments
From: ray baltz · rayvonb·at·  Link
Submitted April 28th 2011

Sir: Is it possible to purchase the Shark's Wasp and Hopper w/foam?

From: joe · outdoorsmen12·at·  Link
Submitted July 15th 2009

Hi Iâm from the panhandle of Florida and Iâm looking for some ideas about what flies to use for large mouth bass/ pike for top water and mostly for lower down in the water column. I fish ponds and lakes, rivers and very clear spring feed streams. Do you have any suggestions?

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