View Full Version : Late Oct. bassin

10-25-2010, 02:56 PM
Haven't been out on the river much lately, but couldn't resist not taking advantage of the above average temps and taking the canoe out for one last float for smallies before it gets cold.
Floated a section of the French Broad on saturday afternoon. It took awhile to figure them out but ended up with a few nice bass fishing streamers in some very deep sections of the river. Guess I missed the fall topwater bite. The fish would not come up out of the deeper water to take anything near the surface. Dead drifted a size 4 tequeely with an extra bb shot for extra weight to get the fly down in the 12 ft range.


nice coloration on this river largemouth


10-25-2010, 04:47 PM
That's strong work pulling them up in that deep water. Good job.

10-25-2010, 05:24 PM
I believe the "largemouth" in question is a spotted bass also known as a kentucky bass. If its mouth were closed its jaw would probably fall just under the fishes eye, not past. They usually have a burr on their tongue if you feel it with your finger. They are cool bass and Norris lake is full of them.

10-25-2010, 05:26 PM
I was thinking a spot as well on the second one.

No Hackle
10-25-2010, 05:50 PM
Gary that's a very good spot. I hate those days when you really want to catch them on top and they dont cooperate. Did you take a water temp. Seems to soon for the top water bite to end. But you know everything seems to be early this year, Just weird as a whole. Blame it on the full-moon. That's what I do.

Randy Ratliff
10-26-2010, 10:27 AM

10-26-2010, 10:58 AM
Yep, those tequeelys are a great fly. Thanks Randy, for introducing them to me.

Lynn, there were a couple of guys in a tunnel jon boat throwing lots of buzzbaits and topwater chuggers with baitcasters , but I never saw them actually catch anything. They switched over to plastics after they saw me catching a few deep.
The only thing I was able to take on top was several skipjacks. I haven't spent a lot of time fishing for them intentionately but maybe I should, because they are a blast to catch on the surface. They have decent size and really put on a show with leaps and tailwalks. I can see why they are called "TN Tarpon" . they tore up a small #6 shad wiggle minnow pretty good. I guess the largest I caught was 15-16" Anyone have a fly they recommend for them?

10-26-2010, 01:39 PM
...Anyone have a fly they recommend for them? Not a fly but I throw it on the fly rod:


Set the hook with a strip, not with a lift of the rod. Both silver and gold work. I prefer a 5wt but usually have the 7wt with me when I spot a school of them. Also I usually just use a straight piece of 6 or 8 lb mono (no leader/tippet combo needed), no longer than 6 feet.

No Hackle
10-26-2010, 04:32 PM
Gary, my Damp Minnow I use striper fishing works great. I'll leave you some @ LRO with Daniel or Byron. Then you can just make a copy. If that's not a good spot just let me know.