July 6, 2018

Fly Fishing For Alabama's Redeye Bass

So with the Tenkara Angler magazine side project, I get introduced to a lot of different people from around the country (& world) who fish for many different species of fish. In combing through their article submissions, they provide plenty of "fish porn" for the magazine's readers to enjoy.

Being a fishing geek, I enjoy pretty much all of what is sent in, however, I think I take the most interest when anglers submit stories about their local waters and native species, be it Gila trout in Arizona, Golden trout in California, Colorado Greenbacks, or more recently Redeye bass in Alabama.

Warrior Redeye  |  Photo: Chris Lynch

Those redeyes are particularly novel because if there was ever such a thing as a warm water fish that lives in "tenkara perfect" surroundings, it might be the various species of redeyes found in Alabama. Chris Lynch wrote the excellent article, "Southern Hospitality," in the Summer issue of Tenkara Angler that has more than piqued my interest in making the trip a few states west and pursuing these fish. If you give it a look, I bet it will give you the itch too.

Cahaba Redeye  |  Photo: Chris Lynch

Plus, one of the species, Micropterus cahabae, happens to call the Cahaba River home... and fishing aside, the spring lily "hatch" on the Cahaba River looks pretty spectacular.

Feeding off this article, I've since purchased the book "Fly Fishing For Redeye Bass" by Matthew R. Lewis off of Amazon as well. While Chris' piece in the magazine serves as an introduction to redeyes, Matt's book is more of a deep dive through all of the details of these fish, including some scientific background, where to find them, and how to catch them on the fly. At about 125 pages, it's an easy and enjoyable page-turner that I'd highly recommend for a nice weekend read. Heck, even if you have no intention of traveling to Alabama... you might learn something new!

Oh, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't go out and buy a few Boogle Bug poppers for just such an occasion...


  1. Pretty fish, especially the photo of its back showing in the water.
    Wonderful publications there.

    1. Thanks, wish I could say I took that photo, but perhaps I will in the future!

  2. Michael
    I've landed numbers of Redeye Bass fly fishing my home waters of Smith Lake and Walker County Lake. They are native to most of the streams located in the northern part of the state; a lot of fun using the 3 or 4 weight fly rod. The Boggle Bug popper and Barr Nunn popper are the surface poppers I used to attract a take. Check out the following post I did recently---beautiful fish!!! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Bill, there are certainly some nice redeye (& bluegill) in that post!

  3. I don't know much about Redeyes but I sure appreciate great photography! Nice job Chris.

  4. Glad you enjoyed the book!