Summer in Texas can be HOT!!! But the heat means that there is no better time to get in the water and do some floating or wet-wading for bass. Whether fishing for Largemouth, Guadalupe, Smallies, or Spots, these are all around bass flies that fish well everywhere I go in the summer.
Here are the five flies (in no particular order) that I make sure to keep in my summertime bass boxes.
1) Improved SMP
The improved SMP is a larger, "bassier" version of a panfish fly. I love fishing it in either a "baby bass" or "sunfish" color pattern in the heat of the summer. Fish it fast around cover, or tight to the bank in rivers and streams, and you will trigger some great strikes from bass.
2) Bass Popper
Mornings, evenings, and cloudy days. Deer hair, double barrel, or foam, it really doesn't matter all that much, each version is successful. There is not much better than seeing a bass explode on a popper that you work across the surface! Make sure that you have poppers in you box.
3) Deer Hair Diver
After the morning topwater action has died off, I usually move to a diver. Then again, I love fishing it when the frogs come out in the evenings as well! Fish it in and around lily pads and shoreline grasses. The diver can be presented as a great imitation of a frog or a baitfish, two of a basses favorite summertime foods.
4) Clouser Minnow
The Clouser Minnow definitely should be on any summertime bass fly list. you can fish it fast to trigger reaction strikes, or slow down to fish it slower in some cooler water (if you can find it.) It is super versatile, allowing you to fish it in whatever water you find.
5) San Marcos Salamander
I invented this fly originally to fish for bass on the San Marcos River, but it has proven effective in all sorts of different water bodies. I love to slow down and fish the San Marcos Salamander on the bottom during the hot summer months. You can be patient with it, and often just let it drift with the current.
Although I will keep other flies in the box (depending on the water I fish), these are my usual summertime bass box fillers. I have confidence that these five can produce fish under many different summertime water conditions. Use them, and go catch some Bass!
Peace outside, y'all.