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Bill Spicer and a trophy smallmouth bass caught in Northern Ontario. • Credit: Colin McKeown

fly fishing for smallmouth bass on Little Vermilion Lake

Fireside Lodge is #6 on the Top 10 Ontario Fly Fishing Hotspots.

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Many fly fishers enjoy topwater action. Seeing a big fish come to the surface and inhale a fly is a special moment. Catching BIG smallmouth on a fly rod gives you that opportunity to enjoy the best of topwater action. At Fireside Lodge located in Northern Ontario, they have some of the best smallmouth bass action to be had.

Nestled beside Little Vermilion Lake near Sioux Lookout, this drive-to fishery has incredible pike, musky and even tiger musky fishing. But what keeps people coming back is the smallmouth angling. The bass here are really big and strong. Bill Spicer from The New Fly Fisher taped an episode at Fireside Lodge and found the fishing to be everything they brag about and more.

The bass can be taken with both topwater and subsurface flies from May until September. Favourite patterns include deceivers (small), wooly buggers and muddler minnows. The lake is full of small shiners and small muddlers in sizes 8 to 10 worked perfectly for eliciting strong takes using a sinktip or intermediate flyline.

For topwater action, poppers in black, yellow and orange seemed to work best in sizes 4 to 8. Orange is particularly good on this lake. Casting out flies and letting them sit for a few seconds and then giving them a slight “twitch” usually resulted in explosive takes.

The lake is renowned for trophy-sized bass, lots of fish over 20 inches in length that are as fat as a football. Fly fisher will find 6 and 7 weight rods are ideal but don’t forget to bring a 9 or 10 weight to cast some big streamers for the aggressive pike and musky. Lines to bring include: floating, intermediate, sinktip and full sinking in Type 3 or 4.

For more information on this great fishery and lodge, go to: Fireside Lodge or phone toll free 1-800-545-0815

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