Bass on the Fly
If you read these tips often you'll recognize that I'm primarily a trout fisherman. However, there's something really cool about bass. They act totally different from trout. They hang out basically motionless with a big frown on their face and ambush stuff. They eat big stuff like frogs, crayfish, snakes, mice, fish, and even unlucky ducklings.
This time of year when your local trout streams and lakes are going through the doldrums it might just pay to take a little time and hit a bass pond for the evening. Try tossing big poppers or if they don't want to come to the surface try big furry streamers like bunny leeches. The takes are ferocious and the battles epic. You will probably want a strong 7 weight rod and some stout leaders and tippets to toss your bugs way back into cover and haul big bass out.
Get out there and pound the ponds for some big bucketmouths, you'll have a blast.