I grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania, which in many respects is far more synonymous with trout fishing than bass fishing. Some of my earliest fishing memories are actually of browns, bows, and brookies on the fly. At first glance it might seem like flyfishing for trout and conventional fishing for bass aren't very similar. Bass often hit big, bulky, shiny things, even under some of the most pressured situations, while catching trout on the fly often requires the utmost finesse and precise presentation in order for them to even think about biting. That's why there are probably some master trout fly tiers out there that would look at a bass guy's well trimmed, homemade jig like a modern day surgeon being forced to evaluate a hack job civil war leg amputation. Truth is, though it took years to realize, understanding the trout fly game has made me a much better bass angler.