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Euro Nymphing for Bass

Published: 21st July 2020 | Author: Sean Platt

It’s hot. The kind of heat that pulls illusions from pavement, the kind of heat that sweeps anything distant with thick husks of blue. It is July in the Adirondacks, a foul mixture of relentless sun and oppressive humidity occupy nearly every day in the forecast. Save for the occasional chance of thunder showers there is no reprieve. But its ok, because after all– its bass season in the Adirondacks! 

An angler wades for bass along the side of a stream in July.
Wading on a hot July day.

We swapped boats for boots, packed stones and streamers instead of poppers and headed to a stretch of pocket water known to have a few bucket mouths lurking in its slicks. We hoped that wading might offer some relief from the heat and thankfully it did. Three casts and three fish later we quickly realized that we were chasing a rare species called Euro Bass. And while they weren’t listening to EDM or wearing fancy jeans (apologies for such blatant stereotyping) they did crush anything dead drifted sub surface with an occasional twitch. I’ll be the first to tell you that 8 wt’s make for awful euro rods, but thankfully bass are so aggressive it didn’t really matter. 

This is the point where I shut up and let the pictures take over. It was an epic night and something you should most definitely try for yourself, though a 10’ 6wt would be a much better choice of rod 😉      

An angler casts into pocket water.
Casting in pocket water.
Stonefly casings on rocks.
Stonefly casings everywhere.
An angler smiles as a bass runs downstream.
The look says it all. Does it get any better?
A beautiful, patterned, smallmouth.
It’s bass season in the adirondacks.
An angler high sticks a pocket for bass.
Streamers and stoneflies got the job done.
An angler plays a bass in fast water.
Smallmouth bass sure know how to bend a rod.

A guide in the Adirondacks, Sean is full of great angling tips. To read more from him, check out some of his other articles on our blog!

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