Big Bass on the Fly

Every now and then I get the itch to snag up on a huge bass with my fly rod. Ok, fine, I always have that itch! However, I have been throwing my 7 wt at bass for over a year now and have yet to come tight on a big female bass. Thankfully that all changed a few nights back while fishing some retention ponds at 2 o’clock in the morning. 1609971_285677998276286_3132147275616467467_n

We arrived at this small pond a little after midnight and began working our way along the water’s edge.  After hooking up on a few small bass, we decided to move back towards the area we had first wet our lines at.

That was a great choice! My second cast landed quietly on the surface of the water and my homemade fly began to sink slowly toward the shallow bottom. This is when all the mayhem broke out! 10289783_285677831609636_7014786939734703738_n

Halfway through the second strip of my fly the line came tight. And when I say “tight”, I mean it. For a split second I thought I may have snagged on something resting on the bottom, but then that something broke the surface of the water with a massive head shake!

After I realized the size of this fish, I took care in how I fought him. Putting just enough pressure on him to tire him out. When all was said and done we snapped a few pics and  sent him back swimming!

Throughout the rest of the night my brother Casey and I landed some pretty awesome fish. Pulling in these fish was a huge blessing. Despite the success we ended up calling it quits around 2 am after hooking up on a dozen bass.

Capt. Casey
Capt. Casey

Times like these keep me pushing the limits on what I can do with my fly rod. Always working on improving my casting and tying skills has become extremely important. Both of which can drastically improve one’s time spent on the water.

Remember to keep your hearts right and your lines tight!

Take care,


Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of as well as our online fly shop, The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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