Pound for Pound
I have heard this debate rage amongst fly fisherman for years. Who is the most game of the game fish? In my humble opinion I would have to lend the crown to Mr. Bronze Back Himself. I am eternally surprised at how large a fight you get out of sometimes a relatively diminutive smallmouth bass. To the point that when you finally bring said fish into vision you can’t help but chuckle to yourself and say, “Really? You? Are you Kidding?”
For those of you that are not lucky enough to live on or near a fishery that supports these gamers, I highly recommend a road trip! Not only do they fight very well for their size, but they readily take flies of all variations and are particularly fond of top water presentations when the conditions permit.
In addition, unlike the venerable trout family, you can find smallies in a range of water temperatures. Sometimes even occupying the same streams as trout yet will also be in a warm water lake or river. I guess we all have fondness for what is available to us and I am lucky enough to live on a fantastic smallie fishery and always look forward to the warmer months when they get active and start chasing flies!
Good luck and tight lines!