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Stumps - Fly Fishing Structure

Stumps

Overview

Stumps attract a variety of wildlife. They provide habitat for frogs and baitfish, which will naturally attract larger gamefish.


Frogs and small fish retreat to structure like stumps during the day to avoid predators. However, like a good predator, the gamefish do eventually figure this out and follow. Often fish like a bass will wait along one stump for their opportunity to snag a meal.


The key to fishing a stumpy area is patience and thoroughness. Work around each stump and know that there are likely fish there – you just need to entice them.

High-energy retrieval of the fly can help goad these fish out for their ambush.

 

Home to:

  • Many gamefish
  • Baitfish
  • Frogs

 


Good patterns:

  • Deceivers
  • Mouserats
  • Deer-hair bugs
  • Pencil poppers
  • Bunny leeches
 
 

Pros

Cons

Lots of food for gamefish

 

Requires patience - more than usual

 

   
   

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