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Smallmouth Bass with a Big Bite!
with Randy Ratliff

Randy Ratliff's home waters are in Eastern Tennessee and he's fished these waters most of his life. An Orvis endorsed professional guide Randy knows what it takes to get smallmouth bass on the fly. Listen in and learn Randy's secrets for hooking up with the smallies with a big bite.

Show Reviews

Comment   Listener

Great show. Nice to hear something about fly fishing for bass. Something about fishing for bluegills would be something I would be interested as well.

  Mark Seymour
New Hampshire
United States

Great Show. Thanks for the topic. I like fishing smallies in Northern Wisconsin.

  Rick Fahrenkrug
Wisconsin
United States

Well Randy, I'm not much of a bass fisherman, but you converted me a little bit over tonight. I plan to fish for all kinds of fish on a fly rod and bass will be no exception. I always enjoy the show and find them to be very informative.

  Phil Pankow
Minnesota
United States

Very good show. I have not been able to listen as frequently as I would like to. Have you done a show concerning environmental issues such as spreading Diddymo (rock snot) and other invasive species?

  Thomas Marks
New York
United States

I just found this sight last week and I love it. Last night I got to listen to some of the interview with Randy Ratliff and I was very impressed at every thing I heard. Though listening to that interview and others it is very evident that these people love and want to further our sport. I have been fly fishing for about 20 years, on and off, however a new career 3 years ago has really freeded up my time. I've been hunting and fishing more and more, and it's great to have a site like this to help and educate. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  Tim Baer
Illinois
United States

The Best out there Keep up the Great Fly Fishing Show!

  Philip Koban
Colorado
United States

Loved the podcast option. I was busy Wednesday night, but throughly enjoyed the show on my Ipod while driving on Saturday afternoon. I love chasing smallmouth too. Thanks for another great show.

  Danny Schieffler
Arkansas
United States

Great show. Fishing for bass with a fly rod is what I enjoy the most. I liked hearing about fly choices. I would have liked to see a couple fly recipeies listed on the website. Maybe this is a possibility for up comming shows. I look forward to the show, great way to pass the winter.

  Mark Seymour
United States

This was the first show I attempted to listen to. My major interest is in Small mouth and pan fishing. Also would love to hear a show on Northern Pike fishing. However I am sad to say I turned off the program early on. #1 it was to hard to hear the presenter, I could not turn up the volume. #2 You were spending too much time on what a small mouth was and mundane things that I felt would be known by your average fisherman. I think that the show would have better served adressing tackle choice, lure choice, presentations, time of day , structure ETC. Sorry that you lost me on the first time. Will stay tuned though.

  Tom Hower
Michigan
United States

Good show, however, the pace of the show is a little slow. Its sometime shard to set through the entire show. Overall very good!

  James McCartney
Ohio
United States

Wonderful show, as always. For a warmwater fisherman, Randy was excellent, and extremely knowledgeable!! :-) I liked the connections Randy made to coldwater fisheries. It got me interested in pursuiing smallies.

  Mark Mathews
Texas
United States

I missed the live show but finally got some time to listen to the show. Really enjoyed Randy. He was easy to listen to, and made some good sensible suggestions that I will try next time I go fishing for smallmouth bass. I always enjoy hearing about fly patterns and tackle and your show and guests always seems to deliver; Randy was no different. I try lots of things that I learn from people who fish in other parts of North America - seems there is always something new or different to try and I think incorporating things from elsewhere helps to make me a better fisherman. Love the show. Keep up the good work.

  Frank Dalziel
British Columbia
Canada

Thanks for the informative presentation on smallmouth bass. I enjoiyed it and listened to it multiple times on the rebroadcast so I would not miss any detail. I need to try some of the patterns that Randy had described but it is hard to picture them with just a description. The ladybug was clear enough, but I am lost with the wiggler pattern. Maybe I need to lesten a few more times. Thanks for the great format.

  Tom Zmina
Ohio
United States

I seem to be behind in shows, however Randy' show was great and very informative since I want to try for small mouth on Lake Erie this spring. Keep these shows coming they are wonderful. Frank

  Frank Compton
Ohio
United States

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