Good Flies For Effective Bass Fishing

Good Flies For Effective Bass Fishing

Here are 12 good Bass Fishing Flies

Bass Fishing Flies
• Clouser Deep Minnow
• Soft Shell Crayfish
• Woolly Bugger
• Dahlberg Diver Frog
• The Fathead Diver Fly
• The Gartside Gurgler Fly
• The Deer Hair Bass Bug Fly
• The Bunny Bass Leech Fly
• The Muddler Minnow Fly
• The Master Splinter Fly
• The Bass Hopper Fly
• The Bushwacker

Fly fishing for bass not only requires a good fly rod. But you will also need good fly patterns or models to achieve good results.

Yes, I personally believe the quality of the fly you use when fishing for bass does have a way of influencing your overall outcome.

That being said, in subsequent sections of this article, we’ll be discussing some types of flies that could help ensure some effective bass fishing.

The ”Clouser Deep Minnow” Fly

Clouser Deep Minnow Fly

In my humble opinion, I consider the ”Clouser Deep Minnow” to be the most crucial fly period.

But meanwhile, it is largely considered ”a must have” tool for fishermen that are angling precisely for bass.

In fact, this specific baitfish lure was initially formed – in the year 1987 by one Bob Clouser.  It is perhaps a pretty good solution for us (we anglers) to catch smallmouths.

Ever since then, the Clouser Deep Minnow has become an extremely important fly fishing standard.

In addition, its fame has been spurred on at several points by the legendary fly fishing writer Lefty Kreh, who obviously coined the fly’s name in the year 1989.


Lefty Kreh also made use of the Clouser Minnow to catch approximately ninety (90) different species of both fresh and saltwater game fish.

I tell you, regardless of where you’re fishing, this ”white and chartreuse” fly needs to be in your tackle box 24/7.

The ”Soft Shell Crayfish” Fly

soft Shell Crayfish

Undoubtedly, a crayfish pattern is indeed something you ought to have in your tackle box for virtually every bass fishing expeditions.

In the same vein, the ”Soft Shell Crayfish” is clearly a solid imitator of these specific bottom dwellers.

In addition, it’s a weighted wet fly known for taking a design perk out of the ”Clouser Deep Minnow” book, in a bid to work effectively on lake, river, and streambeds.

Mind you, this particular fly pattern may not look like/or as big of a feast as larger flies, but it will still perform the trick ”more often than not” in several situations.

The Woolly Bugger Bass Fly:

Black Wooly Bugger

Just like the Clouser Deep Minnow, the Woolly Bugger is generally considered to be a crucial standard for all fly anglers, not necessarily just for bass fishermen alone.

Similarly in most circles, the Bugger – (it is also known as a wet fly streamer) It is considered effective for catching large trout, but however, it can also get the job done with bass.

In factual sense, this black and fluffy fly is precisely one of the more versatile fly imitation out there in diaspora.

You could even fish it in either fresh or saltwater, for virtually any kind of species, and you’re likely to see results that are similarly positive.

The ”Dahlberg Diver Frog” Fly:

Dahlburg Diver Fly

As it regards this category, if our main game fish target is bass, then we would need at least one frog fly as part of our arsenal.

I’d also like you to know that the Dahlberg Diver is certainly the most effective and imperative frog fly out there.

While baitfish and the likes of many other flies are fond of zipping through the water, the ”Dahlberg Diver Frog” first plunges into the depths.

Then it flits around on the bottom level, and quickly resurfaces, all with the simple tow or strip of the fishing line.


The end result we notice more often than not, is the fact that this specific fly displaces a whole lot of water.

It also causes a lot of noise, attracting the eyes of big predator fish obviously looking for a wide entree.

In simple terms, it’s perfect for luring the monster bass you’ve been dreaming about – all day long.

The Fathead Diver Fly

Fathead Diver Fly

I see the Fathead Diver as essentially the meager minnow version of other styles.

Even so, the Fathead Diver would be a pretty good option for you and the likes of other anglers (some bass anglers inclusive).

The reason is because, you guys obviously want the kind of results derived from high performing flies, but still want to exercise a bit more subtlety, sneakiness, or stealth with your catch.

The Gartside Gurgler Fly

Gartside Gurgler Fly

I’d like you to know that Gartside Gurgler is versatile and widely utilized as the Woolly Bugger, but it is obviously serving as a top water skimmer, rather than being an undersurface streamer.

Howbeit, the Gartside Gurgler is quite notable as a result of how it has been modified severally over the years.

Meanwhile, the original Gartside Gurgler is obviously a simplistic design meant – as its inventor ”Jack Gartside” earlier noted.

According to him, it is to the end that the attention of the fish is attracted by causing a commotion on the surface level.


Mr Gartside formulated the fly with the sole intention of it being customized to suit several fishing environments.

It also includes a range of many different sizes, colors, as well as other modifications or adaptations being attached to the fly by the tyer.

It would also interest you to know that the fly’s versatility do make it a ”no brainer” for virtually any fishing trip, and of course, that includes a bass fishing expedition.

The Deer Hair Bass Bug Fly:

The deer Hair Bass Bug

We all could see that it’s right there in the name, even as the ”Deer Hair Bass Bug”. It will continually live up to its earned reputation as indeed a great fly for catching bass.

You should also know that it’s a popper, formed primarily from the hair of deer.

But meanwhile, a good number of fly anglers don’t love fishing with deer hair.

Reason is because – compared to other materials under same condition, it could easily become waterlogged. Then it would therefore lose its effectiveness over a period of time.

But however, as it regards to introductory casts. The ”Deer Hair Bass Bug” may just be the best bass fly option in your collection.

Furthermore, it is characterized by a flitting, eye-catching or attracting splash of color. This will have bass trooping out of water in a bid to swallow it whole.

The Bunny Bass Leech Fly:

Bunny Bass Leech

Just like the Deer Hair Bass Bug, the Bunny Bass Leech is also known for being a rare fly that is particularly meant for catching bass.

Additionally, it is also regarded as one of the most ”easy to tie” flies in the book. Besides it does consist of little more than a typical piece of dyed rabbit fur.

Concerning largemouth bass, I would say ”the Bunny Leech fly is most effective” whenever black or purple fur is being used.

But meanwhile, the fly can as well be turned into an imitation for virtually any other game fish. You can do this by simply playing around with other color combinations.

The Muddler Minnow Fly:

Muddler Minnow

In my opinion, the Muddler Minnow (is just like several other flies). It is considered one of the first and foremost, weapons to be used even against trout.

But however, this fly’s ”note perfect” lure of baitfish from the well-known sculpin family. It will obviously work on just about any kind of big game fish.

Ranging from trout, steelhead and from salmon to bass, and the likes of others.

The Master Splinter Fly:

Master Splinter Mouse

As it regards Master Splinter, I encourage you to please pay close attention to every detail regarding its design and function, so you don’t get it all wrong.

Basically, this fly was developed as a mouse lure to capture brown trout in the dark.

But, a good number of anglers have also found it equally useful as a day or nighttime bass bug.

Furthermore, in close comparison to more traditional spun hair mice, the ”Master Splinter” has a pretty slim profile that can allow it to tour very low in the water.

Going forward, the way it is designed also makes the fly much easier to cast compared to a larger hair mouse. This causes you to really lean on a five (5) or six (6) weight rod for delivery.


It might also interest you to know that (bronze backs’) could also be punished in the dark on the Splinter.

And if you carefully strip one just across a pond surface in the evening session, get ready for the boom.

The Bass Hopper Fly:

A good number of us may know the ”Bass Hopper” to be a pretty classic fly that is more traditionally used to capture trout.

Going forward, the Hopper is also considered to be ideal for rivers and streams in the summertime. This is especially so when the grasshoppers are out in droves.

Nonetheless, it is also one of the rare dry flies that should often be in your pocket.

This fly is good even if you’re planning on heading out to fly fish for bass.

Meanwhile, it is quite obvious that you won’t utilize it as much as some of the above mentioned flies. But sometimes for a brief moment in the summer, it can be a real big winner.

Bass Hoppers do also have an impressive foam design.

The Bushwacker:

The New Huds Bushwaacker Fly

The Bushwacker is a new pattern that’s only been available for a few years. But when it comes to bass fishing, I’m already willing to call it a new classic.

When tied on an inverted wide-gap worm hook with the material covering the point. The Bushwacker is about as weed less a baitfish pattern that you’ll find.

I’ve stripped this bug through pads, grass, weeds, and even over wood. You’ll be shocked by how clean and snag-free it stays.

And you don’t need me to explain the benefits of that cleanliness when it comes to hunting big bass in the nasty stuff. It also has a nice rate of fall, turning on its side when paused and fluttering down like a dying shad or bluegill.


Like I say to people all the time, whatever it is that you set out to do. Always be sure you carry out your due diligence to arm yourself with sufficient information before you venture into it.

That being said, the same applies to your quest for good flies that could guarantee pretty good results while fishing for bass with the appropriate techniques.

Dean Jensen

I started fly fishing in 1972 and I have learned quite a bit about this wonderful sport called fly fishing and I want to share some of the things that I have learned.

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