Submitted by Elizabeth.Trenary
Trout have a special place in my heart. I learned to fly fish for trout in the mountains of North Carolina and for a long time, I thought all there was in the world of fly-fishing was trout fishing. Sure, there were different kinds and sizes of trout, but I wasn’t interested in anything else.
But as I learned more about fly-fishing and became more involved in the sport, I heard stories of other fish and incredible stories about catching them. Permit fish, which are notoriously hard to catch because they are so strong. Bone fish, which will run until all your line is out. Small mouth bass, which make up for their size in the sheer number you can pull in a boat in a day. Tarpon, which are some of the greatest fighters in the water.
I found myself wanting to fish for so much more than trout. I started doing my research. Since I was working in North Carolina for the summer, I figured out small-mouth bass fishing was going to be my best bet. I started talking to guides and friends who had done small-mouth fishing before to try to get an idea of what to expect. What rod should I use? What flies should I use? Although the basics of fly fishing were essentially the same, I wasn’t sure of the details, so I spent time figuring out how to fish small-mouth water.