How to Rig for Smallmouth

Written by: Phil Monahan

Kip Vieth, of Wildwood Float Trips, is known as a musky expert, but he has also written several posts about smallmouth bass. (See his Choosing the Right Fly Rod for Your Quarry is Vital to the Health of the Fishery and his Trout Bum of the Week entry.) Here, he demonstrates how he rigs a rod for chasing big smallmouths: what lines, leaders, tippets, and even knots to use.

Photo by Kip Vieth

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