Fly Rods for Sand Bass Fishing
Almost any size rod will work for white bass. While most anglers stick to a 5 or 6 weight, these fish can fight like a street brawler on a 2 or 3 weight. Lines can be debated, but most veteran sandy fishermen lean towards a sinking line. Use either a clear intermediate or a sink tip to get your flies down to the fish. The sand bass like to hug the bottom of creeks and rivers, so your typical floating line lacks the ability to get in the strike zone. Bonus tip: Rio Versileaders are an easy way to make a floating line a sink tip!
Leaders for Sand Bass
Leaders are pretty straightforward. If you prefer to describe leaders like a trout angler, 3x will get the job done. If you’re a bass or salt junkie, leaders in the 8 to 12 pound range work well. Since we’re using sinking flies and lines, it’s a good idea to buy a spool of fluorocarbon tippet. The fluorocarbon gives a little more stealth and is super easy to tie a good knot with.
When it comes time to go fishing, look for places where the water has warmed up and recent rains have created some current. The fish will migrate to these areas and congregate in the slow moving eddys and side channels. Start off by looking for deeper pools. You will often see the flash of a moving fish as they give away their location. Start off by casting across the stream or slightly upstream. Let your fly settle and then start making short, erratic strips. The fish will often imitate their larger cousin, the striped bass, and chase the fly down. If recent rains or a drop in air temps cool down the water, slow your retrieve and expect a much more subtle bite. Nearly every big lake near Dallas will have a sand bass run. Ray Hubbard, Lewisville, and Ray Roberts are just a few of the lakes that have great sand bass runs. The Nolan, Brazos, Trinity, and Neches rivers will also see big schools of fish pushing their way upriver to spawn.