Early Season Bass

A few years ago I received a phone call from a guy from Utah wanting to fish for small mouth bass. Normally, I would be all over this but, this was mid April and the river was very high and cold from run off. I told him that we should go for trout and salmon. I knew where we could get into some and that the river was in no shape to fish. He told me he would think about it and get back to me.

Well, he called back and said he had heard that Maine is one of the best in the country for small mouth and he really wanted to go for it. I told him I knew a few spots that we might get lucky at but I really had no hope of him getting any. He then went on to say, “Well, if it is going to suck, then can we negotiate the price of the trip?” I agreed, but I told him I was going to fish also, if I was going to lower the price.

We hit the water and it was cold and miserable out but, I started at a spot I have caught them in April and, no luck. So we headed to another. I cast out and retrieved very slowly, felt a bump, not sure if it was bottom or not. I cast again. Fish On!

I switch rods and he proceeded to catch 20 fish over the next hour. They ranged from 15 inches to 19 inches. So he did one final cast and hooked into another. He said,”This is a big one!” I am thought, another 18 inch fish but then it jumped. My heart started racing as this was a huge small mouth. The battle went on for a while. When I netted it I couldn’t believe my eyes. This fish was as fat as it was long. It taped out at 21 inches and it was the biggest bass a client had caught on a fly to date.

When I dropped him off at his car he said, “The rumors are true about Maine Small mouth.”

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