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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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Like lightning, the white bass action can start without warning. This fast pace action comes when the white bass begin their spawning run. Yellow, white, and hybrid bass all begin moving into the tributaries after spring rains warm the waters.
We are in the height shad season right now here in the northeast, particularly in the Delaware River drainage. I thought this would be a good time to talk a little about fly fishing for shad.
In the beginning to was not called the bluegill cup. At first, it was just a holding tank for my rejects.
New bodies of water can be found whether you live in rural, suburban or even urban areas. In additional to the natural and man-made lakes that can be found everywhere, many parks, municipal and commercial complexes often contain small ponds and lakes.
We might not catch every bluegill that’s in the pond, but that doesn’t matter when the big one sends the drag screaming.
So how does a fly designed for trout living in the alpine lakes of the Sierra Nevada end up as one of my favorite bluegill dry flies? Good question, the answer is pretty straight forward.
Now that we are officially into spring, things are finally starting to get moving as far as warm water fishing goes. I can find fish in the shallows on most days, and fishing soft hackle patterns are still the most effective way to catch them.
These fish have always had a special place in my heart. The bluegill was the first fish I ever landed on a rod and reel, and it will likely be my last.
CE Crayfish (Close Enough) is a very simple Crayfish pattern I developed for Trout and Bass. When I design flies I like to follow the K.I.S.S. rule (Keep It Simple Stupid). I usually focus on one to two triggers when developing a pattern, here the claws, and swimming action.
The Skip Morris Panfish has been a favorite pattern for targeting bluegills, crappie and other panfish in deeper water.