Largemouth bass on the fly: Tips from the pros

Bass’ accessibility makes it an easy, fun target, particularly for novice fly fishers
Debbie Hanson shows off a bass caught on the fly from her kayak (photo: Pamela Mess).
So far this year, I’ve caught a few largemouth bass, but none of them were worth bragging about. The biggest bass I ever caught was more than 40 years ago on a small mountain pond in North Carolina. The fish probably weighed 5 pounds or so.

Trump's assault on sportsmen continues

New budget takes aim at programs that protect and enrich hunting and fishing
Photo: Gage Skidmore
During his first 100 days in office, Donald Trump presided over an administration that has effectively killed the Clean Water Rule—which, to anglers, is quite possibly the single most important piece of legislation in existence—gleefully signed off on the rollback of the Stream Protection Rule, instructed the BLM to prioritize energy extraction over all other activities, initiated a review of 27 of our national monuments with the goal of opening up parts of those public lands to oil and gas development and announced plans to defund the EPA.

G. Loomis intros new guide-driven IMX-PRO fly rods

New rods series designed to meet the needs of modern trout fishing
G. Loomis pro ambassador Ben Hardy totes along a couple of IMX-PRO rods (photo: Red Kulper/G. Loomis).
G. Loomis catapulted itself back into the spotlight last summer with the announcement of the Asquith, its $1,000-plus flagship series which has been showered with accolades. As a follow up, G. Loomis is debuting its new IMX-PRO series of fly rods, which the company says is the result of dozens upon dozens of meetings with guides during which Loomis asked one basic question: what kind of rods do you need for today's trout fishing?

A musky moment

The neighborhood always goes to hell as soon as a certain 'undesirable element' moves in
Photo: Chad Shmukler
Time was that my wife and I rented a place “Up North,” as we say in Wisconsin, for a week’s vacation in midsummer. The homey cottage was everything we’d hoped it would be—and it just so happened that the reef that paralleled the shore about a hundred yards out was the best place on the whole lake to fish for smallmouth.