You would think that fly and bait anglers fish in the same type of sea conditions. Well, they don’t. When it comes to fly fishing for Bass, you can improve your strike rate by focusing on the conditions that affect the Bass's smell, lateral line, vibration, and sight.
One of the most important things a fly fisherman needs is a stable and clean water column for fishing relatively shallow water with a floating saltwater fly line when wading or drifting. The reason becomes apparent when you look at the way Bass hunts and what it relies on when stalking its prey – namely smell (foraging), lateral line (vibration) and sight (visual impact).
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So what are the best conditions for fly fishing a new mark for Bass? Decide first whether you are drifting or wading. If drifting, select a neap cycle on a light south-westerly or westerly wind. Observe just enough breeze to take the mirror off the surface but not enough to make fishing unsafe or put too much colour in the water. A smaller tide also gives more time to cover likely areas as your drift will be slower.
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