WHAT IS A REDEYE BASS?
Redeye bass are the smallest members of the black bass (Genus: Micropterus) with a very limited native range, restricted to the upland streams found at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern United States. Their restricted range and requirement for cool, clean water makes them especially vulnerable to extirpation and extinction. Unfortunately, their common name has led to confusion with rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris), a common panfish in waters that do not harbor redeye bass, or other members of the black bass family which may, at some point, have red eyes.
After several years of writing, I released Fly Fishing for Redeye Bass: An Adventure Across Southern Waters in January of 2018. I wrote the book to inspire anglers in the south to pursue something with a fly rod besides trout. I also hoped that it would create mindful anglers that are in tune and passionate about the waters and resources they participate in. If the many positive comments I receive are any indication, I have accomplished my goal.
If you are interested in learning more about redeye bass and what makes them unique, pick up a copy, I guarantee you’ll learn something! The book is found on Amazon, southeastern Orvis stores, and various fly shops across the southeast.