Most anglers contact me for a dragonfly lure after experiencing one of those days when the bass are so excited about the dragonflies that they won't show any interest in anything else an angler can offer them.
However, you often need a really great imitation that not only looks like a DragonFly, but it also needs to "act" like a DragonFly.
But, what most people don't know ---- is that DragonFly imitations make a good choice for bass even when the bass are not jumping out of the water to snatch them out of the air. They are a good choice anytime and any place that the bass might be willing to hit topwater.
Hardly anyone knows that DragonFlies are a great choice and maybe even the "best" choice to catch a Monster Bass.
DragonFly Lures are even a good choice for Pre-Spawn Bass when the weather is warm enough, and they are also extremely effective on Spawning Bass. Sometimes, even when the weather is chilly --- if there has been some previous warm weather.
[Coming Video- Prespawn MonsterBass on the DragonFly Lure]
[Coming Video-Even in the Fall- Fall Monster on Reeds before Dock]
My fascination with dragonfly imitations goes back to 1976 in my college years, while flyfishing small ponds from a tubefloat. Like everyone else I was amazed at the enthusiasm bass displayed while jumping out of the water to grab them. In some ponds, they were more active than others. Some ponds I remember best seemed to have half their bass population flying through the air at any given moment on hot summer days with no wind. From the tubefloat perspective, you often found yourself eyeball to eyeball with the bass when they broke clear of the surface and rolled their eyes to locate those daredevil dragonflies teasing them.
Since 2014 I had been working hard to improve my DragonFly Lures for Spinning Rods and Baitcasters.
I simultaneously improved their appeance, their behavior in the air, and on the water, and I have also been making them more durable.
Since January of 2015 I have been posting Monster Bass videos on YouTube, showing many of the big bass I have caught on them.
There are even different models for fishing certain environmental, seasonal or behavioral situations, such as spawning season, high activity periods, dog days of summer, open water, or heavy cover.
I have developed a system for changing Body Parts, Legs, Wings, and even hooks quickly and easily on the water in order to change the appearance, behavior or to replace damaged parts on most models.
You can see the changes and improvements in the DragonFly Lure's appearance and behaviors in the videos produced over the years.
It has also become a very durable fishing Lure
My success with using them for big bass soared as they improved and the results became Hyperbolic.
I rarely go out fishing without catching or at least missing a big bass.
I have tons of video to show but no time to edit the raw footage, but I will try.
In 2019, I started a 2 year marathon of strictly DragonFly Fishing for Bass, except for few special situations where I was also working on some other specialty lures to deal with certain limited fishing oppurtunities (more about that at another time on another Page). In that year, I only posted an Introduction compilation video of scenes highlighting the excitement from that year of fishing the DragonFly. I intended to post each one of the 2019 Big Bass videos individually when I had more time. The extra time never came, but the big bass on the DragonFly never stopped coming, and the Bass kept getting bigger. The design of the DragonFly was rapidly evolving as more deadly and more durable, especially with the DNA Clear Wings™. The FROG catches the biggest bass more consistently, but DragonFlies catch more relatively big bass more often.
Sometimes, when bass are jumping into the air for DragonFlies, you can pick one off by throwing small plastic worms on top of the lily pads and dragging them off in front of some especially excited fish, but for the most part, your successes do not match the heated activity going on around you.
One of those yester-years a long time ago, I struggled to develop a fly that could be repeatedly cast out on the water surface without sinking into the surface film. The eventual success produced a fly that could be hopped off the surface of the water by sending a loop of line down to the fly similar to making a roll cast. Not only that, but you could catch several fish before you needed to let them dry out and tie on a new one.
If you want to learn how to fish with Super Finesse DragonFly Lure Fishing or purchase
Dragonflies, Micro FROGs, Micro Plugs, FingerLings, Cicadas, Mayfly Nymphs, etc.
or read Capt Ken's Feature Articles on DragonFly Lure Fishing in the
Spinning Rod Casting DragonFlies
Super Finesse DragonFly Fishing
Fly Casting with DragonFlies
The Capt Ken's Designer Bass DragonFly™ has undoubtedly become the most devastating lure to bass that I have ever fished. The Bass have very little resistance to it, and there are so few good dragonfly imitations out there being fished. There are some very good fly rod imitations out there but so few fly fishermen on the water, and even their imitations will not do what these Dragonly imitations will do to make a "sucker" out of a Bass. The development of a DragonFly imitation for baitcaster and spinning rods has been the most successful lure for bass that I have ever developed or seen in my entire fishing life --- and I have had some phenomenal successes.