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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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The purist, dry fly anglers turn their noses up to this ugly easy to tie style of fly because it can be nothing more than a piece of your bath mat lashed to a hook shank. But the thing they hate the most about the fly is that it will likely catch more fish than their exquisitely tied Catskill style dry fly!
It is often said that bluegills and other panfish are not picky and just about any fly will work for them. At times it may seem like that is the case, but panfish will often show a preference for a particular fly. In the last few weeks, this has been that fly.
For several years now I have been raising chickens, mainly for the eggs and a little help around the homestead producing high-quality compost and keeping the local tick population in check. If you look at my flock, you can see that the birds were hand selected by a fly tier.
This fly has an extraordinary origin. Believe it or not, this pattern was initially tied for Striped Bass in the salt. That’s right you read correctly saltwater striped bass! This fly, which will comfortably fit into the mouth of any bluegill, is tied to “match the hatch” when striped bass are feeding on isopods, small bug like crustaceans.
I have had a lot of fun experimenting with variations of one of my favorite warm water patterns, the James Wood Bucktail. This latest version, which has an all-white color scheme, I have nicknamed the Ghost.
The Adams dry fly, the parachute version, in particular, is quoted in many sources as being the most popular dry fly in the world.
To be honest, fly fishing gear is expensive. It seems that if you associate fly fishing with a piece of equipment you have an open invitation to charge far more than it is worth. Fortunately, fly fishing for panfish is a simple affair that does not require a lot of gear.
This boat was built from the ground up as a fly fishing platform. From its rock stable hull design to onboard features designed especially for the fly fisher it just may be the perfect fly fishing kayak.
I was recently asked if I had to go out on the water with only ten flies (god forbid!) what would they be. I gave it some thought, and this list is what I came up with. So without any further delay, I present the Panfish On The Fly Top Ten Bluegill Flies.