When two of the leading fly rod manufacturers — Sage and Scott — first announced the launch of tournament-legal bass rods last fall, I thought they were just playing around. Now I’m not so sure. I’m wondering if somewhere, in some bass tournament, somebody’s going to pull one of these things out and put a buggy-whippin’ on the field … on the fly. Charlie Meyers from the Denver Post thinks it will happen sooner than later; maybe the fly rodder won’t win the whole tournament, but he (or she) will lead a day, and that’ll be enough to convince people what most of us Fly Talkers already know — there isn’t a sport fish in the water that can’t be caught on a fly if you know what you’re doing.
In fact, in the river/trout world, I’ve long thought a great fly fisher is way more deadly than the lure fisher. No doubt, in the bass world, the roles are reversed, times 100. The truth is, we all stand to learn an awful lot by crossing over from time to time.
You know what I’d like to see? A two-day grudge match, fly guy vs. spin guy, one day on trout, one day on bass. Who do you think would win?