Welcome to Panfish on the Fly.
A website dedicated to fly fishing for America's favorite fish. Panfish On The Fly is your place on the web for all things related to warm water fly fishing.
Summer in my part of the northeast was particularly hot and dry this year. It was just too damn hot to enjoy a day's fishing.
I am always intriqued by local fly patterns and my search for authentic southern Appalachian trout flies soon uncovered an interesting nymph called a Yallar Hammar. This fly, like many southern Appalachian patterns, really stood out from the traditional nymphs in my fly box.
Harrison Steeves III first described the Los Alamos Ant in his book “Tying Flies with Foam, Fur, and Feathers”. I’m confident the pattern was originally designed as a terrestrial/attractor pattern for trout, but many have discovered its effectiveness in warm water.
The spring edition of TENKARA ANGLER has hit the virtual newsstands! This edition is chock full of information on all things tenkara. You find articles on fishing, casting techniques, and fly tying, as well as destinations, artwork, even camping!
Shad are different from most warm water fish I target since they are anadromous, meaning they spend the majority of their lives in salt water, returning to fresh water to spawn. They are only available to anglers for a short window of time and during this period, they are always on the move. What was a productive spot one day may be a waste of time to fish the next.
Many years ago I stumbled across an old English fly pattern called a Pennell wet fly. It is a standard soft hackle fly with a swept back collar, and tinsel ribbed body and tail.
I am starting to hear reports of shad caught in the Delaware River. Their numbers over the last few weeks have been on the flat side indicating that the run has not begun in earnest, but it should not be long now.
The fish, both panfish, and bass, have left the sanctuary of deeper water and are starting to explore the shallows.
The Picket Pin
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