Fly Fishing for Bass with Darren Jackson!

Every once in a while you come across an angler who really stands out, to us, an angler is someone who can fish almost anywhere and catch fish. There’s a lot of people who are good at one thing –  stocky bashing for example – but would be lost if taken to a river. ‘Daz’ is one of those anglers who can put his hands to anything…  

Bass on the fly

As most keen anglers, Darren has been fishing since he can remember, dabbling with every aspect of the sport from sea, coarse and game fishing with a variety of fishing methods. For the past 15 or more years Daz’s main quarry has been fly fishing for Sea trout and Salmon fishing on the wonderful Welsh Rivers. Who’s blaming him when he has a number of seriously productive waters right on his doorstep?

Daz is a luck guy, in his early years he was fishing almost 7 days a week, and undoubtedly he put an impressive number of fish on the bank. In his most productive season he managed over 400 Sea Trout and Salmon and other seasons averaging 200+. With numerous double figure Sewin and a few over his set goal -15lb, Daz has decided it’s time to turned his angling attention to something different, setting himself new challenges along the way.

For the last year or so he’s been focusing his efforts on Sea Bass. Putting his time and effort into hopefully landing a 10lb+ Bass on the fly, a tall measure by anyone’s standards! (Daz has already missed two large fish estimated above 10lb so watch this space)

Bass fishing however, is not new to him. Before he started fly fishing for the Seatrout, Bass were his obsession. Again, Daz could be spotted on the shore, piers or rocky outcrops most days of the week throwing plugs and lures on light spinning gear. Something which many anglers have taken up recently. Darren says “Not much has changed since back then other than I soley fly fish these day and have not used another method for many years. There are not many fish that swim that can’t be caught on a fly, and for me it is so much more enjoyable and rewarding way of catching!”.

Over the next couple of seasons Daz will be posting weekly updates and detailed reports of his successes and failures including fly patterns, the salt water fly fishing tackle he uses and a few hints and tips which will hopefully help you or a mate, get into some Bass!