During the smallmouth post spawn period while the water temperatures are down or fishing a cool creek I love to utilize terrestrials. One of my most visual and yet effective terrestrials has been the black foam beetle. I set-up the presentation by placing the beetle near tall grass or overhanging vegetation to give the appearance of "Oh crap I fell in the water" where hopefully a smallie is waiting and thinking "Heck yeah another beetle fell in the water!" For the beginner stock up with 3 or 4 to keep in your warm water box this June.
The caddis fly exists in streams of moderate to excellent quality and find themselves in the mouths of bass as well as cold water trout alike; that's why this is one of the essential flies to replicate in your flybox. During the soon to come spring the bass will enter into one of their most increased feeding frenzies of the year and this caddisfly will hopefully fool your pre-spawning bass into taking a nibble. And... It's a pretty easy fly to make and replicate for beginning tiers like myself.
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