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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-15-2020, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Smallmouth on the two hander

I am an avid steelhead junkie in Northern California and chase the ghost up and down the pnw, but being an east coast transplant I have a huge soft spot for smallmouth bass. If I was to take a trip focused on fishing for smallies on the swing with a two handed rod, where would one recommend? Looking for guided or diy ideas. It’s a trip a would love to do at least once so let me know what the top of the mountain is for something like this! Thank you in advance!!!!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-15-2020, 09:03 PM
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The shenandoah in virginia would be a good choice. That said, it isn't a particularly practical way to fish for them imo.
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ive always wanted to give it a go on a multi day float on the John Day river, cameron
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I’ve had fun swinging or stripping for small jaws on lots of different Michigan rivers. In the spring there’s always a chance of bringing a giant 5+ lb to hand. Kris
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At the right time of year, lake Erie tribs like Cattaraugus Creek in western NY give up some really big lake run bronzebacks. Don't let the "creek" name fool you - this is more like a small river, great for wading and swinging. Two caveats, though. First, lots of the riverbank is on private and/or tribal land. Much of the private land is posted. If you are on the tribal side, you need a tribal license to fish; anyone can get one, though. Second, the riparian soil is mostly clay, and if there is even a small amount of rain, the water turns to chocolate milk and takes awhile to clear. Mike Augat is a reliable local guide with lots of private access options.

Maine offers loads of extremely underutilized and scenic smallmouth water. You will have most if not all of it entirely to yourself, especially if you fish on a weekday. Options range from intimate streams like the Sebasticook and Sandy to big rivers like the Kennebec and Penobscot. At the right time of year with even decent conditions, the numbers can be silly with 30+ fish not uncommon. You also have opportunities to hook several species of trout as well as trout sized Atlantics and various sizes of striped bass (12 to 40+ inches) all on the same day, and sometimes in the same runs. You can also get surface action all day long from May through September. The down side is that the fish tend to be smallish on average, but 20-24 inchers can be had. If you are in the neighborhood, I'd be happy to show you around. If you need or want a guide with a boat, Kevin McKay at Maine Fishing Adventures has the Penobscot dialed in.

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Main Stem of the Umpqua From the "Big K” loop, to Elton ... Fish with the “Big K Ranch” for a few days, and get a feel for the water ... Then go-it on your own.

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Or ..... just pass Go and head straight to South America for Peacock Bass (e.g., Guyana, and Brazil). Tucanare branco can be great fun in moving water. Other species or sub-species inhabit the sloughs, gobble up surface flies and are exceptionally aerial. Very, very tasty.

This is a danger-fraught, risky option. It might ruin you forever for North American Black Bass.
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The Columbia River between Hood River and The John Day produces some very large bass. I don't know if a two hander is the most efficient way to catch these fish, but it's certainly doable. The John Day River would be an easy DIY possibility, but I would bring a very light two hander for these fish (2 or 3 wt).
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I would second the John day or the Umpqua.
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if you come back east , western n.y. , i can take you down the genesee river . i fish the 2 handed 3 wt all summer , swinging flies . i have great luck and great fun . managed a 20 " in the middle of a warm summer day this year , so me thinks they'll hit swung flies . (-; we ( the wife and i ) kayak down the river . eagles , whitetails , herons , beaver , bears . trouts around as well . no crowds on the weekdays .
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Ill third the Umpqua, and the South Fork as well. Closer to home, the Delta and Lake Natoma have some great smallmouth fisheries (as do a number of other lakes in the American drainage), although that is more single hand and often boat access. The North Fork of the American has a decent fishery, but in my experience the fish tend to be pretty small. Might be the spot for a trout Spey tuneup though, especially if you hike up from the Rattlesnake Bar access at Folsom Lake. Beautiful water and canyon, for that matter.

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The John Day river, May and June are the best. The river is infested with them, a lot of action, and you will catch around 40 small ones until you get a decent size. I found fishing downstream closer to the Columbia produces larger fish, but it is a lot deeper. Clouser minnow patterns work best.
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