Sean's Secret has proven very productive in early spring.
It is fished under the surface with the water temperature
around 60 degrees. It represents a cranefly and is tied in
sizes 6-10 on a 3x hook.
|South Branch Smallmouth Flies
Mud Hopper is one of the best dry flies for fishing
smallmouth on the South Branch. When they begin
hitting "on top", give this productive fly a try. Best
fished across and let it drift through the swing.
When the water is glassy, give it a twitch every 5-10
foot. Tied on a 2x hook in sizes 8 through 12.
The South Branch Sculpin is one of the favorite subsurface
flies on the South Branch. When all else fails, this is the "go
to" fly. I have fished many sculpin patterns and find this
one the best. It is weighted on a 6x hook. The body is good in
both cream and white colors. Fished through the swing with
quick twitching action will bring results. Tied in sizes 6 and 8.
|Tied and Photographed
Carl D. DeFazio
|South Branch Woolly Bugger
Woolly Buggers are used extensively in fly fishing. They
come in many different colors but I have found this one
works best for catching smallmouth in the South Branch. It
is fished sub-surface and dead drift in faster water. It also
works well in pools if retrieved with short strips and pause
motion. Tied on a 3X hook size 8.
The Comet is a deep diving streamer. Fish with stripping
retrieve in pools or riffles. Size 8 short shank hook.
The Smallmouth Humpey is a dry fly that will not sink. When
smallmouth are taking on the surface try this fly. The color
acts as an attractor. I'm not sure why it works but I have had
times when they tore it up. Size 12 on a 1X long hook,
The Winged Bugger is a variation of the woolly bugger. It is
dudded with a new material called Ice Dub with a maroon rib,
purple marabou tail and a dark deer hair wing with a gold bead
head. Purple tails really work great on the South Branch and
the dear hair wing seems to turn the bass on. Tied on a 3X
hook in sizes 6-10.