Sunday, August 28, 2011

Want Distance When Casting Your Big Bass Poppers???

Made a quick trip to Smith Lake yesterday to try and land some early morning spots with the Boggle Bug black 6 poppers yesterday. I found out right quick that they were having nothing to do with the popper or anything else I threw at them. I landed numbers of bull bluegills which was in bad shape, because of the heavy spawn. This time of year the gills have lost so much weight. The savage fight they put up in the spring is all but gone now because of a slimmer body. The spots are harder to land in the hot summer months too because they go deep and usually don’t come back to shallow water until it starts cooling off in the fall. I am looking forward to landing some quality spots in October and November.
  I always discover something new on every trip and yesterday was no exception. I have been experiencing problems in getting distance with the # 6 popper and larger, so yesterday I spooled a new fly line called the Bass Bug from the Mastery Series Scientific Angler. It is a heavier line that will take the wind much better and also move a heavy popper much farther through the air as opposed to casting the tradition fly line. I was using the 6 wt. which worked to perfection for me. The cast was effortless because of the weight of the line propelling the popper so well. Has anyone out there used this line and if so how did you like it performance?     

17 comments:

Kev2380 said...

I've never even heard of that line before. Do you think it's just over weighted line or do you think it actually is designed differently?

Jay said...

I wouldn't fish with anything but a bass bug taper for bass. It really does make a difference when casting the big wind resistant poppers. I haven't used the SA Mastery, but I have used the Orvis Wonderline and Rio species specifc.

texasflyfisher said...

I've used the same line on all my rods for a few years few years. It is a great line. Three years ago I picked up a Sage Performance Taper II WF5F fly line off ebay for a few bucks. I think Rio made it and while it works fine, I still miss the SA bass bug line.

I try not to throw any bulky flies now. In fact, I have found that a #2 foam gurgler top water fly works just fine and casts much easier than other poppers.

J and M Flies said...

Bill,

I also use this line. I switched to it a few months back. I love it. Makes a big difference.

John said...

Bill
I've been playing "chuck and duck" lately with bunny strips ,deer hair frogs and a lot of other wind resistant flies. Maybe with this line I wouldn't get so frustrated.

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blake said...

good line makes all the difference in the world

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
Good line along with dressing it every other time you use it. I hate to see the tip of my fly line dip in the water after I have made a cast. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

John
I have found that the big popper flies need a heavier line to get them out there, especially in wind. I think I could go to a 6 wt instead of the 5 wt I was using and still get better distance. The line I was usng Saturday was given to me to use by one of my buddies. I like the line but it is a little pricey at 70.00 bucks. I think I will go up one weight and try that first before I invest that kind of money in fly line. thanks for the comment

Kev2380 said...

I never knew they made a specific line for this. Smart marketing.

Bill Trussell said...

Texas
The Scientific Angler Bass Bug line is the best I have found to get that big popper out there and with distance. I was amazed at how far I could fling that big popper. I was even able to give great distance using the # 4 popper, and that is a big popper. My only problem with the line is the cost, at 70.00 a spool that can add up. One of my buddies let me try this line, I may have to save up to get my spool. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kev
It is differently designed to get big poppers out there with distance. You can look at it and tell it has more weight than the average fly line. I was using the 6 wt. version and know it was heavier than the average 6wt. line. It does have a heavier tip section which help to fling the popper. As I stated I was really surprised how easy it was to cast the big poppers even in the wind. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

J
I am wondering how it would perform with tiny trout flies, it would be a lot of trouble to change out line if I used the same 5 wt.to trout fish. I may try that next week and see what the effect is. I too like this line. thanks foe the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
What is the price for the Rio and the Wonderline? The SA Bass Bug is expensive at 70.00---I may break down and get a spool,if I can find it cheaper. Jeff one of my fishing buddies let me use the line Saturday. thanks for the comment

Jay said...

Both Orvis Wonderline and Rio Bass lines are around 70 bucks too. I think you kinda get what you pay for with lines. Bass Pro (White River Fly Shop) is now offering a bargain priced bass line, but I haven't tried it... yet. The price is right though. Here's the link: http://www.basspro.com/White-River-Fly-Shop-Bass-Taper-Fly-Line/product/10217810/-1713524

Ty said...

Bass bug lines have a short front taper, so the line has plenty of energy left at the end of the cast to unroll a big popper with authority. They do not work well with small flies or in any situation where delicacy is needed. I have the Cortland 444 Bass/Big Fly line. Works very well, although I think SA lines have a better coating.

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
Thanks for the clarification, I agree this line is a must if you are casting large poppers. I am going to invest in the Bass Bug line before next spring. I will need this type line to fling a size 4 popper which attracts the better bass. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
Thanks for the link, just checked it out and I am going with the White River Line.