Hi Clint. I used to do a lot of fly fishing in North Carolina in the mountains. I have kinda gotten away from it. Curious to know what lakes you fish in KC and particularly where there are lakes in the metro that have Smallies. I have never fished for them. The two lakes I have been fishing in the metro are Shawnee Mission Park Lake and Olathe Lake. I probably caught about 15 8-10 pounders from mid May to Mid June and then it just shut off. I caught the largest wiper that I ever caught at SMPL in mid June, right around 12 lbs. I have been looking for them to start feeding on top, but it has not happened yet. I am afraid that maybe SMPL is in dire need of more stocking because I have yet to catch a wiper under 5lbs, and I would have expected to see the smaller fish feeding pretty aggressively. I think Olathe Lake probably has more wipers in it, but I have been fishing SMPL because it is so much closer to where I live. I haven't live baited them at SMPL yet, but I am itching to do so. Haven't been able to catch any shad from the dock and cannot do it from the Kayak. I will probably drag a big boat out to catch some shad and chase them with live bait. I do see a guy fly fishing at SMPL wading around the south shore. My e-mail is [email protected]
if you want to chat more. Lee.