Topwater Largemouth & Smallmouth trips have been the name of game the last few months! Smallmouth season has been very consistent the last few weeks on the Delta. I have been finding many eager fish on Topwater poppers. Most of the fish are smaller but some larger fish are mixed in. It is such a pleasure to get newer anglers into the sport or watch seasoned anglers enjoy the Topwater action! Many guests have been bringing their kids & getting them into their first fish on a fly, what a treat for all in the boat! I will be focused on Smallmouth/Largemouth through August & the return my focus to Stripers come fall.
In addition to the Smallmouth I have made more of a focus on Largemouth & have been pleasantly surprised! I have been finding some eager Topwater fish & some larger fish on subsurface Streamers as well. Although Largemouth are more challenging than smallmouth they are very rewarding when you succeed & generally bigger as well!
Largemouth 1/2 day trips offer Topwater fishing with heavy rods such as 8 or 9wt. We cast large poppers such as frog patterns to ideal holes in the weeds until a largemouth explodes on the fly!
Smallmouth 1/2 day trips offer Topwater fishing with light rods such as 4 or 5wts. We cast small poppers towards rock banks & eagerly awaiting Smallmouth. This fishery is a great way to introduce beginners to the sport & fun for seasoned anglers who like Topwater poppers on light rods.
I will likely do Largemouth & Smallmouth trips for 1-2 weeks more & then it’s time to turn the attention to Stripers! Stripers will start up mid-September & last until Christmas. Fall is a great time to get out & chase these amazing fish. I still have a fair amount of availability Oct.-Dec but dates won’t last long so book your adventure soon!