Housy Smallmouth Report 7/24/18: Feel the burn

And so we break the seal on summer smallies. The Hous was stained and rising (450cfs+) and warm, the air was thick and damp, and the smallies were on the hunt. I fished below the TMA — what a walk! — from 6pm to almost 9pm. Started out with a white cone head Woolly Bugger, and its production level was uninspiring. I wondered if they might like something a little darker in the stain, so I tied on a TeQueely. BANG! First cast. So I fished that for a while, cleaned up, then switched over to a Gurgler. Hysterical topwater action ensued. At 8pm I tied on a bug I’ve been prototyping and testing for three years now (I will release it very shortly, so stay tuned!) and the smallies attacked it with extreme prejudice, sometimes moments after it hit the water. No white flies yet, but I made my own hatch at dark with a White Wulff, landed one, and ended on a high note.

And I had the entire stretch of river all to myself.

Fun with Gurglers:

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Hello, boys, I missed you! I got into dozens of fish. The pipsqueak factor was very low, with this bass being typical of the evening’s take.

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Last night was textbook: increased activity once the sun went behind the mountains, a feeding spike from 7:30pm-8:30pm, then shutdown at dark. Smallies will move into shallows as dusk approaches, and that includes some of the bigger fish. This guy was patrolling in about a foot of frog water. He clobbered the bug as soon as it landed. I can always tell it’s a good fish when my forearm starts to burn mid fight. Lousy photo, but this slob measured in the low teens and was the best bass of the outing.

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4 comments on “Housy Smallmouth Report 7/24/18: Feel the burn

  1. john pavao says:

    oh mani am so pissed at this weather with the white fly hatch about to start.nice going- smallies on the hous are sooooo much fun

  2. Dave says:

    Reports like this are why I subscibed- thanks Steve! Glad to hear the bronzebacks didn’t disappoint; and you didn’t even have to share(how often does THAT happen 20 miles to the east?) Looking forward to seeing the latest prototype from the Skunkworks…..

    • Steve Culton says:

      My pleasure, sir. I’m almost always willing to walk if if means solitude. The “Skunkworks” reference made me chuckle (I wonder how many people know what that is?). I’ll try to get something up today.

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