Another quick-hit mission to the Hous. Fished from 7:20pm-8:45pm and the action was much better than earlier in the week, if still not spectacular. This year’s weird pattern continues: instead of a building feeding frenzy with a crescendo at dark, the bulk of the bigger fish came when there was still plenty of light. No white flies yet, but I would think that will happen this weekend. Water was a little below average cfs and 78 degrees, light stain. Some decent sized bass, but no monsters — biggest were in the foot-long range, a very respectable size. Fished subsurface (TeQueely) and on top (Gurgler and Countermeasures). Did take a couple right at 8:45, but they weren’t huge.
Dolomieu the Leaper.
Don’t neglect the frog water-like shallows. This brute hit the Gurgler in a about a foot of water, right after the bug landed.
Steve,I’m enjoying your articles and The fly patterns. I use a lot of gurglers but I’m not familiar with the countermeasure. What’s the pattern?Thanks,Eric Backman
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Hi Eric, it’s my pattern, so that’s why you’ve never heard of it. It riffs off a bunch of other patterns, kind of like a Frankenfly. Read all about it here: https://currentseams.com/2018/07/29/the-countermeasure-a-smallmouth-bass-and-trout-bug/
To much fun! Glad you enjoyed it Steve.
I’m a little addicted to summer smallies…as you’ll soon see.
we had blizzard white flys on thursday and Friday night. Thursday , the hatch started at 7:45
friday it was at 8:15. fish all over it – in the tma.
i have witness.