Smallmouth fishing in Late Sumer or Early Fall can be one of the best times of the year. Smallmouth bass are putting on the feed bag as they are starting to anticipate the winter months. After a nice long summer of a diversified diet smallmouth want to put on as much weight as possible for the upcoming winter. To do this their main focus is protein. What gives them the best bang for their buck on the protein scale. Baitfish!
As water temps start to drop baitfish start to congregate and form big balls of bait. Some popular techniques to imitate these baitfish balls are umbrella rigs, spinnerbaits, and with the fly rods a two fly rig I like to call the Donkey Rig. Covering water is key, as you have to locate the baitfish. Using your electronics or understanding wind direction or current flow should help you and point you in the right direction.