Tim Landwehr from Tight Lines Fly Fishing is on the podcast to break down their innovative way to focus on surface smallmouth. We find out how the smallmouth bass evolved into one of the destination fisheries and how to sight fish for them with subtle bugs.

We also find out how the Tight Lines crew site fishes with Damselflies and wigglers, aka – a bastardized Chernobyl ant.  Click below and listen to some dragon fly-tips and when smallmouth become very aware of dragons and the wiggly fly.

This one is crazy good and I don’t say that every day!  Press play below and get a taste in the first 30 seconds!


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Show Notes with Tim Landwehr

09:52 – Larry Dalhberg, Dave Whitlock, and Harry Murray were all early fly fisherman who were doing the bass game at a different level.  

11:00 – The Midwest Fly Fishing Show was the first time that Tim first started talking about guiding for smallmouth fishing.  Many people thought he was crazy at the time.

19:00 – On the Fly Ky on instagram asked about targeting large fish during the winter.

25:30 – The damsel fly for bass is huge along with a few other key bugs.  Flymen fishing talks about some of it here.

photo via: https://flymenfishingcompany.com/blogs/blog/topwater-finesse-fly-fishing-for-bass


26:30 – Jack Allen was a well known large mouth bass guy in the everglades.  Jack is the “King of Pop”.


28:20 – The neuvo spider is one of jack Allen’s patterns.

30:40 – The meat eater das boat series. 

36:20 – Kyle at Black Earth angling guides on the Wisconsin River



38:20 – The MeatEater Podcast was noted here.  Tim was on the Bent Meateater podcast.

43:20 – The Popper Dropper.  Montana Fly Company has pates dropper dragon, old Mr wiggles.  The dragon dropper is easy to cast.

45:20 – Hank and the hopper dropper hopper


47:30 – Charlies Eval Snowflake or game-changer are both great patterns.

51:05 – Lefty Kreh was on the podcast here

59:45 – Gunnar Brammer was on the podcast here.

1:05:00 – Sawyer podcast and Matt Stockton is a great artist 

1:12:30 – The Bent Podcast


You can find Tim at TightLinesFlyShop.com

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Top 7 Flies for Smallmouth Bass

  1. The wiggly style
  2. Google bug poppers
  3. Montana fly poppers
  4. Murdich minnow
  5. Game changer
  6. Charlies eval snowflake
  7. Nabby’s minion
  8. Clouser


smallmouth vs largemouth bass

We’ve had a mix of episodes on this podcast when thinking about smallmouth vs largemouth bass – which one is better for fly fishing?

I won’t answer that here but will continue reaching out to experts to provide content for you.  If you have a special question around the this question please use our “ASK A PRO” form here.


Smallmouth Bass Resources Noted in the Show

Smallmouth: Modern Fly-Fishing Methods, Tactics, and Techniques



Book of Black Bass


Videos Noted in the Show

Das Boat with Tim and crew


Ol’ Mr. Wiggley


Joe Exotic – Netflix Intro


Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 241 – Larry Dahlberg and the Hunt for Big Fish

WFS 160 – The Dave Whitlock Podcast – Terrestrials, White River, Passion


Read the Full Podcast Transcript Below


KW Conclusion with Tim Landwehr

Tim Landwehr is here to break down site fishing for smallmouth bass with a focus on fly fishing.  Tim shares some amazing and humorous stories from some of the biggest old-timers in fly fishing.  We find out what to look for when reading the water and why crayfish are so important.

We even get a bonus Lefty kern story where Tim almost killed the babe ruth of fly fishing.