Smallmouth bass [Micropterus dolomieu] by Timothy Knepp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A commons image.

Make mine a hellgrammite too, if you don’t mind

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] won’t be fishing for smallies this year, but I called a West Virginia friend, Jack Beardson, who already is. He says the best smallmouth bass [Micropterus dolomieu] fishing in years is underway in western Virginia and his state on nearby waters.

Jack says black hellgrrammites, like the one in the video tied by Diane Blair, are sure-fire along with Chuck Kraft’s version I always use also shown below.

Diane Blair ties Michael Verduin’s Hellgrrammite fly called Mighty Mite. This fly is a great pattern for smallmouth bass or any fish that feeds on hellgrammites.




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