Free Striper, Wipers & Whites Seminars _ April 19


Bill Butts with a good striper 


FANCY chasing some local species which will pull your average trout backward, and wouldn’t mind snacked on a stocker rainbow for breakfast, you need to join us for Bill Butt’s Temperate Bass Seminars on April 19.

Bill’s Spring White Bass articles have been one of our highest read segments on the Journal and he is acknowleged as the guru when it comes to Striped Bass bybrid stripers and White Bass.

As good as those articles are there is nothing like Bill’s seminars and we are excited to be presenting two of these classes free. There won’t be a limit. And we are planning on giving away a box of some of Bill’s favorite flies, plus some of our own.

All you have to do is front along for a chance to be in the draw.These species were part of my introduction to fly fishing in the Ozarks and have remained a favorite pursuit. The opportunies to chase these fish around our impoundments and rivers is truly phenomenal.

You can choose between Bill’s introductory White Bass 101 which will be held from 10:30am -11:30am.

Or for a more detailed presentation Bill will hold his Fly Fishing for the Temperate Basses from 12:30-2:30.

Dave Whitlock with an Ozark White Bass

Come along and join in the fun. Here’s a taste of Bill’s thoughts on chasing his quarry

Come along and join in the fun. Here’s a taste of Bill’s thoughts on chasing his quarry

When most fishermen hear of a family of fish known as “Temperate” or “True” Basses, it probably brings to mind the popular largemouth and smallmouth bass species. However, the reality is that the Temperate Basses are the family of game fish that primarily include Striped, Hybrid Striped and White Bass. And, another great reality is that these fish are pound for pound the hardest striking and fighting game fish that inhabit freshwater in the US.

Success and enjoyment in catching these great fish is more predicated on locating (hunting) them than the difficulty catching them. This is very different than most fishing. Therefore, a different approach to solving the puzzle of success is required.

When I began fishing for Temperate Bass, mostly for White Bass 40 years ago, my experience seemed to be pretty much “feast or famine” and consistency catching fish was difficult to achieve.

About 20 years ago, I decided it was time to learn more about these great fish. What I quickly learned was that there was not very much good information available about their feeding habits and patterns, despite the fact that there are virtually tens of thousands of fishermen that count Temperate Bass (one or more of the species) as very important to enjoyment of their overall fishing experience.

Keep in mind that 15-20 years ago there was no Google searching to provide an endless library of material from which to read and compile knowledge. At that time, finding and exploring information was primarily accomplished through postal letters and phone calls, a very slow process.

Fast forward to present day. Available knowledge and information, along with the ability to network with other fishermen, is at our virtual fingertips. Still, information is relatively limited on Temperate Basses unless you are fortunate to have an accomplished fisherman mentor your efforts to become successful finding and catching these great fish.

The efforts of exploring, researching, networking and seeking Striped, Hybrid Striped and White Bass do have their rewards. These fish offer the opportunity to catch tackle straining predators on fly tackle as light as a 5 weight and up to saltwater class 9-10 weight rods.

“Fly Fishing for the Temperate Basses” is my “work-in-progress” that shares the history, biology, fishing opportunities, tackle and flies for pursuing the greatest family of freshwater game fish.

Bill Butts

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Seminar content:

My “Fly Fishing for the Temperate Basses” seminar contains about 150 PowerPoint slides that cover all 3 of the most common Temperate Basses in detail:

*History, Biology and Reproduction (each of the 3 is distinctly different)

*Regional Fishing Opportunities by specific fisheries

*The critical factors of locating these fish (it is as much “hunting” as fishing).

*The proper tackle – rods, reels, lines (most important), leaders, and knots

*Discussion of forage foods and fly patterns

*Discussion of other necessary gear, besides the above (waders, boots and wading safety included)

*Photo journal of successful trips around the region

*Duration is about ideal at 1½ hours, plus follow-up questions at the end, though I encourage questions throughout.

*There is also the option of a full-day seminar, which breaks each of the segments into sessions, fully interactive with the group. It further includes casting the special lines and flies, tying the right knots, and special line and leader rigging.