Many fishermen try to fool smallmouth bass by false casting i.e. presenting the fly multiple times before actually casting it. They are trying to simulate a fly landing on water, a common tactic with many fish. However, there's a good chance you're spending too much time with this approach when fishing for smallmouth.
How Many False Casts Are Too Many?
We're going to be straight up with you here: you don't need to false cast to catch smallmouth. It's understandable that you want to present your fly, but we've heard of fly fishermen false casting as much as 10 times to catch a smallmouth!
The problem is that smallmouth are rarely fooled by such tactics, so you're just wasting all that time on something that doesn't work.
So What Do I Do Instead?
We recommend a single haul cast, one that floats downstream and covers a wide range of smallmouth territory. How do you do this? By casting your fly out 100 feet from the boat and manipulating it so that it floats along shorelines and grass beds.
Letting it float not only covers more territory, but simulates the way a resting fly would look on the surface of the water.
Once your fly has floated for a while, reel it in and cast it out in the same area. Let it hit the water with a splash. This is like a dinner bell for smallmouth bass and they're more likely to chow down on your fly when they hear it.
Practice your precision casting and you'll be pulling in smallmouth in no time. If you need more advice about fly fishing, please don't hesitate to contact us today.