That’s Chad Johnson (left) and temperate bass guru Bill Butts enjoying some hybrid and striper action last spring.
TO MY WAY of thinking there are a few things which spell Spring in the Ozarks: redbuds and dogwoods, caddis on the White and some hard pulling striped entertainment above the lakes.
We are stoked to be able to offer a full day class with the guru of the temperate basses, Bill Butts on April 18, limited to 12 seats.
This is a much more detailed offering than the introductory seminar we ran last spring, with plenty of opportunity to work through specific water and area of interest. Bill’s stripey bass adventures don’t just end in spring. With the right knowledge and willingness to travel a little there are some excellent opportunities in our regions around the year.
Locals will be able to quiz Bill on Norfork and Bull Shoals opportunities for the spring, but his passion for pursuing these fish means he is dialled into other hot spots, the Upper White, James River, Tulsa, Greer’s Ferry Lake, the Lower Illinois. His network of contacts for up to date fishing reports is legendary.
And time spent with Bill Butts is always a good thing. You are going to have a lot of fun with this class.
Class Name: Fly Fishing for the Temperate Basses
Class Date: April 18, 2015
Times: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Class Fee: $65
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.