A Smallmouth Welcome to 2018

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Welcome back to smallmouth fishing and 2018; it seems like I am about a month of more later than in the past several years….but as they say, “Better late than never”! As you follow along today I catch 3 decent fish. Frankly, 2018 has been a huge struggle, cold temps and too much rain has really put a damper on our season. As you may or may not know…smallies really are closer akin to trout than bass when it comes to water temps and thus far, in 2108, the temps have been way too low, causing the fish to stay in deeper holes…also causing them to be very sluggish in their approach to feeding.

In today’s video you can follow along as I fish a beautiful stream here in southern Indiana and hook up with a couple of very nice fish. I also will explain my set up; rod, line, leader and tippet to be exact. I get lots of questions throughout the year about set up; what I can tell you is that each person tends to like one feel over the other. Personally I like a short, stout leader that will turn over a larger fly and also allow me to yank a big fish, a smallmouth, up and out of trouble. As I allude to in the video…smallies aren’t leader shy like trout, so why not beef up your presentation a bit.

Either way….it has been very nice these past couple of weeks to be out and on the water. It was one of those long and dreary winters here in Indiana and just being out is a big boost to your spirits. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me at flyfishingwithjeff@gmail.com and I will be happy to help as best as I can in answering your questions.

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