The important features for a good “bass” fly rod are adequate weight and responsiveness to throw heavy flies a good distance. With that being said, I recommend a 6 to 8 weight rod of 8.5' or longer. My favorite all around fly rod is a 9ft. 8-weight. Not only is it great for our big river fish like the smallmouth, Pike, and carp but it can double as a perfect tool for Lakes Ontario and Erie tributary Steelhead and trophy sized brown trout. Your rod should have a strong tip to help pick up the large heavy flies used in smallmouth bass flyfishing and a medium butt-section to blend with the wind-resistant bulky popper and deer hair bugs used in largemouth bass fishing.
Choose a floating bass taper fly line that matches the weight of your fly rod. Some fisherman go a size up on the fly line (ex: WF8F line on a 7wt rod), but once again this is all about preference. If you have purchased an extra spool, I suggest getting a medium sink tip line for when the bass are a bit deeper. These two lines will be able to cover any smallmouth bass fly fishing situation, from throwing top water poppers to heavy sinking streamers, and everything in between.
With spring coming to a close and the summer coming, many of you are looking forsmallmouth bass fly fishing tips. As the water temperatures increase during the summer, trout become stressed very easily and targeting them becomes more difficult and can lead to higher death rates for the catch and release fly fisherman.
If you are a fly fisherman who fishes for smallmouth bass, please leave your feedback about your preferences and any smallmouth bass fly fishing tips that you may have.