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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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Shad are one of my favorite fish to chase with a fly rod. They readily take small, bright flies and are great fighters.
This Friday’s reader submitted pattern is the Wicket Cricket by Brandon Combs.
I have been a long time reader of Ward Bean’s website, Warmwater Fly Tyer . I have tied and fished many of the patterns found on the pages of his site. For the warm water fly fisher/tier this is an incredible resource. I highly recommend a visit.
This panfish pattern submitted by Brandon Creekbaum has the honor of being the first reader submitted fly pattern! This interesting looking subsurface pattern has all the characteristics of a killer panfish pattern.
When the fish are holding deeper, you need to get the flies down to them. I do occasionally use sinking and intermediate lines, but as we move closer to warmer weather, I am usually equipped with a floating line in anticipation of the season's first topwater bite. To get flies down under these conditions I will fish a tandem rig with two flies. One fly will be large and heavy to bring the small unweighted wet fly down to the fish.
In a (not so) recent post, I did a review of the Jackson Mayfly Kayak. The Mayfly is a kayak that was designed from the ground up as a fly fishing platform. The boat ships from the factory very nicely equipped, but l found that adding a few extras enhanced the fishing abilities of this boat.
This season like many in the past it is the fly I am apt to select a Pennell Wet Fly from my box more than any other wet fly or soft hackle. Granted I have a lot of confidence in the pattern because I have been fishing it so long, but it is mostly because it catches fish.
Late winter/early spring can be a frustrating time for the panfish fly fodder. Bluegills and other sunfish are starting to make more frequent forays into shallow water, but cooler water temperatures reduce their need for food and keep them sluggish. To consistently catch fish this time of year you need to fish slow, and you need to fish deep. While panfish anglers in the south may be enjoying the first quality topwater fishing of the year, those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line need to look for our fish below the surface.
The Brown Owl is an older wet fly pattern that was tied to imitate an adult stonefly that was struggling in the film or had been swept beneath the surface of the water. I loved the look of this old pattern and especially liked what it represented so I set off to tie a few for my river smallmouth and trout fly boxes.
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.