Bass and other warm water species get a bad rap for being easy to catch anywhere, but show a largemouth or a smallmouth the same lure or fly a few times and they’ll be as picky as a stuck up rainbow.

That’s why soon after ice out, when everyone and their grandmother has gone bass fishing for the first time since last season, bass are already starting to smarten up. It takes the right flies in your flybox now that separates from the everyday angler to the fly angler that actually hooks up.

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