Welcome to Panfish on the Fly.
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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Having a dedicated tying space with your tools and materials at the ready will allow you to tie flies more often. The key to getting better at anything is repetition. It’s simple the more you tie flies, the better fly tier you will become.
Tenkara oozes with a minimalism that requires limits, restrictions, and discipline. I like the philosophy of minimalism, but am not so keen about limitations. My fishing ego desires the constant stroking and joy of long and beautiful casts. Addictions are difficult to break. Yet, I found, from a purely pragmatic view, that adopting new equipment, different flies, and innovative techniques can lead to greater results.
Tenkara Angler Magazine is a free quarterly publication that chronicles the tenkara & fixed-line fly fishing community through entries about lifestyle, destination, tactics, gear, art, photography, and creative essay. Recently they have compiled a “Best Of” Edition focusing on warm water fixed line fishing. This magazine gathers the best warm water related articles and puts them all in one place for easy reading and reference.
Nothing cures cabin fever better than putting a good bend in your rod on a winter’s day! These five tips can make that happen!
Have you ever wondered if the fish you are casting to can see you? A good friend of mine Wendell Ozefovich produced a video some years back that will answer that question for you.
This fly could not be any simpler to tie, and the material list could not be shorter. It consists of one feather and of course some tying thread. The tail, body, and hackle all come from a single feather from the body or rump of a pheasant.
The pheasant tail nymph is a classic nymph pattern. Tied with its traditional materials of natural pheasant tail fibers and peacock herl it is a fish catching wonder. The color scheme of the natural materials does an excellent job imitating many mayfly nymphs. A pheasant tail nymph is a killer nymph pattern for panfish. You may ask the question “If this pattern works so well why mess with it?”
I first crossed paths with this fly after reading my copy of Flies for Bass and Panfish by Dick Stewart and Farrow Allen. It checked all the boxes for me on what makes an effective bluegill fly.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know by now, that simple is not a common theme around here. As a fly fisherman that loves fly tying almost as much as the fishing, I tend to get a bit carried away at times. However, every once and a while I like to get back to the basics.