The call of the smallmouth bass has reached my ears and every year the overstock of the smallie boxes begins with the pitter patter of the spring rains. I love to catch opportunistic smallies on the surface with popping bugs made of balsa, hair and foam but I've really been drawn to the streamers that make my smallmouth box.
I love to probe the muddied waters we have here in Ohio with big streamers, they just work. The topwater bite is great but it's just not always "ON". For some reason wool just doesn't show up in a lot of patterns, is it not popular? For some reason aside from a few Galloup patterns and a warmwater tyer named Ward Bean I never see it. It soaks water and provides a big fleshy head but absorbs water to become neutrally buoyant, that's like perfect streamer application... Maybe I just like the look and don't own a sink-tip line? I tied a similar to Ward's "Woolhead Minnow" series fly with a few of my favorite materials in all white.
Either way here's the vidja:
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.