Well, as you can tell from my last post I am a true Smallmouth junkie. I just think they are the coolest fish that swims. I have said many times "pound for pound no true freshwater fish fights harder than a Smallie". When you get them in your hand their body feels like the flexed bicep muscle of a Mr. Olympia contestant. They never stop fighting weather in the net or while you are trying to UN-hook them. The colors are absolutely beautiful, and under the right conditions can grow quite large. Smallmouth are very receptive to flies and fly fishing, I have heard it said that the Smallmouth Bass were made for fly fishing! With several Blue Ribbon Bronzeback rivers near my house, it is no wonder that the Smallmouth bass season is my favorite time of year.
I have been shooting a lot of video with my GoPro camera over the past month. Anyone who has ever done any video work will understand when I say shooting the video is a lot easier than editing it. I now realize for every minute of finished video there is about 45 minutes of editing! The video I am going to show tonight was shot about 3 weeks ago. I spent that Sunday walk and wade fishing 2 of my favorite Smallie rivers. In the morning I was with my buddy "One Boot" Ed. The morning started out a little tough, but by the early afternoon we managed to scratch out a pretty good morning. I was fishing the Crittermite seen here and was fortunate enough to have a few decent Bass eat it. IN the afternoon I was on one of my favorite sections of the Brandywine with my buddy Joe G. Joe is a customer from my days at the fly shop and this was the first time we were able to get on the water together. We had a great evening and I think my buddy has been bitten by the Smallmouth bug.
I used a new mount for the camera when I shot this video. The angle was a little off and you can't see the fish as I UN-hook them. I didn't notice this until I had downloaded the video and I have since corrected the issue. Also, at the behest of my mother I toned down the music a little for this one. I guess she is correct to a point, you cant have '80's hair band music (the best music ever incidentally) in EVERY video...I hope you enjoy "Smallmouth Sunday"
If you would like to learn more about one of the most diverse rivers on the east coast stop by the South Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. The Brandywine river is a unique river in that it is a cold water Trout river up north, a blue ribbon Smallmouth Bass river through the main stem and, in the tidal section, the sky in the limit as far as available species. I will discuss, in depth, each section covering locations, gear, flies and techniques during my presentation "The Brandywine River a tale of three rivers". With over 35 miles of fishable water right in our back yard, the Brandywine has something to offer everyone. The South Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets at the Square Circle Sportsmen of Camden County. The address is 97 Clementon road west, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026. For a Google Map link Click here. For a link to the Ray Neirle website click here. If you are in the neighborhood, or you would like to learn more about this great river stop by Wednesday night, you will be glad you did. I look forward to seeing everybody there. Till next time...