October 23 2020

Fly Fishing Sunny Coves For Largemouth Bass


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Yesterday afternoon I decided to fish one of Cape Cod's beautiful kettle ponds. Carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago, many of these ponds are now home to big largemouth bass.

Recently I've been chomping at the bit to fish more with my 5 weight fly rod from the Goose. The weather yesterday felt like summer, so I figured I'd give fly fishing for largemouths a try. 

My casting distance with the fly rod is limited, so I decided to walk the shoreline and scan the shallows for signs of fish. I knew my odds of success would be much higher if I could locate largemouth bass holding in shallow, close to the shore. 


cape cod kettle pond fall foliage scenery

At the far end of the kettle pond I noticed that the afternoon sun was shining brightly into a small cove. I've had success fishing freshwater coves in the past, so I decided to walk over and check it out.

To my astonishment the cove was packed solid with largemouth bass and sunfish. You can see what I mean by clicking play below. ?

None of the bass were "lunkers" but they were plenty big enough to put up a great fight on my 5 weight fly rod. I was especially excited because this was my first time ever fly fishing for largemouth bass. 

To catch the fish I used floating fly line, which works well when fly fishing in shallow water. For a fly I used a couple of different patterns which worked equally well. 

flies for largemouth bass fly fishing on cape cod, massachusetts

I crushed the barbs on the flies to make unhooking the largemouths quicker and easier. To prevent spooking the fish, I crouched down low and began making casts.

hooking a largemouth bass on a 5 weight fly rod

The fish were not difficult to catch and the action was almost non-stop. The largemouths and sunfish were wasting no time attacking my fly and I actually hooked up on my first two casts.

Fly fishing for largemouths was proving to be a lot more fun than I had expected! On top of the good fishing there was amazing scenery. The autumn foliage is in full effect right now on Cape Cod.

Yesterday there was virtually no wind at all, and the colors of the leaves were reflected off the mirror-like surface of the kettle pond

foliage reflecting off the surface of a cape cod pond

Over the past several months I have been focused primarily on saltwater fishing. However, after yesterday's experience, I am excited to report that I'm looking forward to devoting more time to freshwater.

Fortunately on Cape Cod some of the best freshwater fishing of the year happens during the "off season" from October through April. Please keep tabs on our Freshwater Forum for the latest updates.

And if you are a member of My Fishing Cape Cod and would like help selecting a pond to fish, then please feel free to message me by clicking the green turquoise chat bubble in the lower right hand corner of your screen. I am happy to help.

Best of luck if you make it out fishing this weekend, and tight lines! ?

What do you think?

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