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Whitlock’s 13 Indispensable Temperate Bass Flies

by Ross Purnell, Editor   |  October 27th, 2014 0

Dave and Emily Whitlock’s article “The Other Bass” explains their lifetime obsession with freshwater temperate bass: striped bass, white bass, yellow bass, and white perch. The complete article with tactics, tackle, the best locations, and detailed insights into the feeding and spawning habits of these remarkable gamefish is in the upcoming Feb-Mar 2015 issue of FLY FISHERMAN (on sale Jan. 1, 2015). But to whet your whistle, here is Dave’s compilation of the flies you need to get started.

1.Crease Fly (surface) 2.Whitlock Sheep Shad  Minnow Waker (surface) 3.Popper-Dropper  (3 – surface; 3A – sub-surface) 4.	Pencil Popper  - surface skipping popper 5.	Whitlock Sheep Shad Minnow  Swimmer (sub-surface) 6.	John’s Fathead Shad – (swimmer) 7.	Whitlock’s Crafty Deep Minnows: 7A. Chub;  7B. Shiner; 7C. Painted Darter; 7D  White River Minnow  (swimmer& jigger) 8.	Cowen’s Baitfish  (swimmer) 9.	Whitlock’s Wide-Body Deceiver  (swimmer) 10.	Hexigenia Nymph  (swimmer) 11.	Whitlock’s NearNuff Crayfish (bottom) 12.	Clouser’s Deep Minnow  (bottom jigging) 13.	Fly-Spinner combo In order to cover the scope of most temperate bass foods, choose flies from 1 inch (size 8) to 5 or 6 inches – (sizes 1/0 to 3/0)

1. Crease Fly (surface)
2. Whitlock Sheep Shad Minnow Waker (surface)
3. Popper-Dropper (3 – surface; 3A – sub-surface)
4. Pencil Popper – surface skipping popper
5. Whitlock Sheep Shad Minnow Swimmer (sub-surface)
6. John’s Fathead Shad – (swimmer)
7. Whitlock’s Crafty Deep Minnows: 7A. Chub; 7B. Shiner; 7C. Painted Darter; 7D White River Minnow (swimmer& jigger)
8. Cowen’s Baitfish (swimmer)
9. Whitlock’s Wide-Body Deceiver (swimmer)
10. Hexigenia Nymph (swimmer)
11. Whitlock’s NearNuff Crayfish (bottom)
12. Clouser’s Deep Minnow (bottom jigging)
13. Fly-Spinner combo
In order to cover the scope of most temperate bass foods, choose flies from 1 inch (size 8) to 5 or 6 inches – (sizes 1/0 to 3/0)

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