RE:largemouth on the fly
Mike - Good to hear from you! I've done some bigmouth FF'ing with deer hair bugs and poppers... you're right the surface take is very exciting. They peter out much quicker than the bronzebackers, but are fun just the same. Monic makes a floating clear line, although I have yet to field test it. It's not specifically a bug taper but I believe you could either build a radical butt-taper-tippet graduation or maybe even snip the last level foot off the end of the flyline to get a little more punch out of the standard FWF.
I'll have to write Monic and ask for a test line... floating WF 9wt, bug taper preferred - correct?