Re: Fly-Fishing for Smallies
After converting to flyfishing for smallies in July I never went back. I'm a teacher, and after a grad course was over mid july I was on the water literally 6 days a week using it. I went cheap, a 9 foot 6 weight from Sports authority that cost about 65$ that shoots line like a champ. My buddy has a Reddington, or orvis, can't remember which that he took out and mine was actually easier to cast and shoot line longer distances. I'd fish for up to 4-5 hours and after your arm builds up muscle memory and strength, you don't get tired casting, and you can project the line with less effort.
I started out with just fly poppers and then started tying my own, which is a lot of fun and more economical. My go to fly though is a long shank, olive, #6 bead head wooly bugger with a black maribou tail with flashabou strands, olive chenele and a winding of lead wire along the entire shank. Sinks like a rock and after you learn to cast them without beaning yourself in the back of the head or shoulder, it's just like tube jigging.
My highlights this summer were catching the same 19" smallie in a 100 yard stretch of the stogie at different times on the fly rod and a 28.5" carp on the fly rod. Even a 10 incher that you can have in hand in less than 4 seconds with your spinning gear makes for an enjoyable fight! Good luck, let me know if you have other questions.
Wampire - going harder, longer and deeper since 1984.