This year has been an awesome season for Smallmouth Bass here in Ontario. The low warm water has these powerful brutes active and aggressive. As usual, a well placed brown or green Crayfish pattern will most likely trigger a strike. However I’m finding this year that my best producing colour of a fly for the big boys is good ol’ White.
I have in my fly box 4-5 different white patterns at all times. Different sizes and different materials. Not one pattern seems to work for every river system. Smaller flies work for one river while larger flies work for another. But one thing remains the same. White flies produce. Rabbit tail, marabou and synthetics should all be used. Keep these flies near the river bottom with some good mending and some rod tip twitches, making sure you have no or little line slack between your trigger finger and the fly.

My favourite colour of a popper? Yep, White.

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Salt water flies work great for Ontario Smallmouth Bass
Unbelievable, but we are approaching August. Many more days for these Smallmouth Bass. Yet as the cooler nights approach we can begin to dream of our powerful Steelhead.
What’s a great colour to have in your fly boxes? You guessed it. White. Among all those beautifully tied purples, pinks, chartreuse, blacks and oranges make sure some white is tucked in with them.
I’ve said it before “if it ain’t white, it ain’t right”.
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