Tying the Riffle Hitch - Murray's Fly Shop Fly Fishing Tips - Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing with a twist. The Riffle Hitch from the Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead world creates an exciting way to fly fish for smallmouth bass. In mid summer through fall, smallmouth bass consume great numbers of shiners and other schooling minnows found in smallmouth bass rivers throughout the country. In low light situations, smallmouth bass emerge from the depths to consume those shallow living minnows. The riffle hitch tied on a "Skating Streamer" provides fly anglers a great imitation of a wounded minnow, or in other words; an easy meal for the smallmouth bass.