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A website dedicated to fly fishing for bluegill and other species of panfish. On this site we share our favorite panfish and bluegill fly patterns and fly fishing techniques. We have recently expanded the site to include fly patterns and fly fishing techniques for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, carp, shad and members of the pike family. Come in and take a look around!
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Even though we are often plagued with “hard water” during the winter, things will eventually thaw out, and our lakes and ponds will become soft again. Is it possible to catch bluegill and other panfish on the fly during the winter? Absolutely!
This version of the James Wood Bucktail produced noticeably better in waters with an established population of pumpkinseed sunfish. It out produced the standard James Wood Bucktail by a significant margin in my non-scientific tests.
Recently, I had the pleasure of appearing on the Tenkara Cast Podcast with Daniel Galhardo and TJ Ferreira of Tenkara USA. We discussed using tenkara gear and methods for targeting panfish. We had a great time discussing tenkara, panfish and homemade wine.
Although I don't write much about it here, I am an avid tenkara fisherman for both cold and warm water fish (I have even dabbled in salt water with tenkara). In the latest edition of Tenkara Angler, I wrote about a variation of one of my favorite warm water patterns the James Wood Bucktail.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Panfish On The Fly!
Although it looks very similar to the traditional Hornberg Special, the Hornberg Streamer performs differently. The fly is weighted and uses materials that absorb water so it sinks quickly unlike the traditional Hornberg Special which can be fished as a dry fly.
The Hornberg was initially designed as a dry fly to imitate down winged insects like caddis and stoneflies. Somewhere along the line someone drowned the fly and took fish with it under the surface
I have spent the last season experimenting with several variations of one of my favorite warm water flies, the James Wood Buck Tail. By changing body and wing colors, I have created fly patterns that imitate other species of immature warm water fish.
There are few things better in fly fishing than explosive topwater takes on a popper. Poppers are some of my favorite flies for warm water fishing when the conditions are right.
The fly gets its name from the unique hook and body used to create this fly. The fly is designed using a floating jig head called a Gum Drop Floater.