The Imitation Game
5 hot summer flies for non-stop largemouth and smallmouth action
Dahlberg Diver = Floating/diving minnowbait
Every bass fly box should have a Dahlberg Diver or one of its dozens of slight variants. You can run wild with colours, tail styles and lengths (from two to six inches), but as long as the fly has a deer-hair body trimmed into that distinctive cone-and-collar shape, it will behave as it should. Like a classic balsawood minnowbait, this fly floats at rest, dives and sways when retrieved, and wobbles back toward the surface when stopped. If you use a weedless Diver, you can also throw it into areas where hardbaits bristling with treblehooks fear to go. Whether bass see it as a frog or a wounded baitfish or something else, it rings the dinner bell, and not subtly—both largemouth and smallmouth will attack it with reckless abandon.