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Nymphs For Bluegills
Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:43 PM
Check out this cray fish pattern from duckydoty. I received in the last smallmouth swap so I haven't been able to give a good work out yet. This is one duable fly and should be in the arsenal for a long time if I take care and don't loose it. This Connecticut River gill couldn't resist it.................
That Redear must have been some fight. Do you have any pictures?
Posted 13 December 2006 - 07:45 PM
Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:53 PM
Posted 13 December 2006 - 11:12 PM
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Posted 14 December 2006 - 01:18 PM
I have said it before in here. I am jealous of you guys catching bluegills (we call them pumpkinseeds) that big. We are lucky if they get to be palm size. 2# gills would be a hell of a fight on a 4 wt. I need a southern vacation.
Hi Gray Squirrel!
Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds are actually two different species of the group called "sunfish". Pumpkinseeds are better-looking than 'Gills but smaller.
Here's a neat page that gives a good listing (and pictures!) of the different species of sunnies.
Adventures with Fish!
Posted 17 December 2006 - 03:04 PM
Crappie (Calico Bass we call them) they love small wet flies sinking naturally
Blue spotted ones (but very rare)
But I still need a vacation on a farm pond
Trade some one a week in the best rasinbow/brown territory in NH for a week at a farm pond or southern lake.
Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:57 PM
I like a chartreuse nymph, with orange legs, just dubbing and ostrich herl as the body, and two biots for the tail. Simple, effective.
Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:03 AM
I have had some great success on a 'blind squirrel'. I found the pattern looking for carp flies. I tied up 3 or 4 and the fish just loved them. All fish....panfish, bass, and other fish as well. Haven't found any carp yet to try it on but I am confident they will like it too. I think that it is eaten as a nymph and a crawdad. I caught the same rock bass at least 4 times last summer. The original pattern calls for a squirrel hair dubbed body but I use a sparkelly bright orange dubbing instead. I have fished it as unweighted but it could be weighted if needed. I have fished a size 10 mostly but I have some tied on 8 and 6 as well to throw at carp when I find some. Don't leave home without it.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 10:39 PM
I use the cap spider (1/80 oz) almost exclusively when I go subsurface for bluegill, redear or crappie. My biggest problem is keeping the bass off of them. Fun problem to have. I cast just beyond were I think the fish are, count to five, straighten the line and then slowly lift the rod tip 2-3 feet, I then drop the rod and pull in the slack (another 5 seconds) and repeat. I'm always watching the WT forward floating line for a jump if I don't feel a hit on the bull. I have tried sinking line but just haven't had that good of luck. Today I was catching 1 to 2 lb bass, 14 inch crappie and 10 inch bluegill. What an awesome day to be a furloughed government employee. Because of the furlough, not all of the bluegill were released.
Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:13 PM
you only need two materials for blue gill, peacock and rubbers legs.
This isnt far off the truth. While no fly tyer worth the name wants to use only TWO materials, you can make a passable brim fly with just these two.
My favored herl'd bluegill fly of late is the very old, "Red Tag." It lacks rubber legs, but has a hackle collar like a good wet fly. It fishes like one, too, You could add rubber legs, I suppose.
"Culture comes to nothing without good plumbing."
Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:24 PM
I know that there are many who denigrate the lowly bluegill, but in the warm waters of the South, where there are no trout streams, bluegills are about the only game in town. Of course, one can go after largemouths, but most of them are taken deep, here, with crank lures. Either plugs or rubber worms dragged along the bottom. There are no smallmouths either.
However, I have yet to find a fly that will take bluegills nearly as well as "Georgia Red Wigglers," but I'm still looking.
It might be interesting to note, however, that when things where going badly for the British troops during the Revolutionary War, King George wrote to Lord Cornwallis, stationed then at Charleston, SC asking if it was really worth it to continue the war. Lord Cornwallis wrote back to King George and said, "Yes, it's worth it to continue the war. If for no other reason, for the bream (Southern word meaning bluegills and other sunfish) that swim in the waters of Carolina."
So laugh if you will, but I will continue to pursue the lowly bluegill with a fly rod.
Personally I prefer that people consider bluegill:
"just for kids," etc.
The more people that go after trout, or bass or whatever else, well... the more I have bluegill waters to myself.
** For the record, during threat avoidance studies, bluegill were proven to be fast learners. Both trout and bass were slower to learn avoidance behavior than the bluegill. The fish that learned the fastest, however, may come as a surprise - it was the lowly catfish.
"Culture comes to nothing without good plumbing."
Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:29 AM
Nymphs for gills IMO should be wiggly, buggy flies in sizes large enough to drive off the dinks and to discourage the others from swallowing them so deep you waste lots of time trying to disgorge them. The big gills and crappie will take size 6 and 8 streamers on long shank hooks anyway, so forget the pocket lint flies.
Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:14 AM
Rocco I agree this being my first year fly of serious fly fishing I have done lots of trial and error on bluegills. The bigger flies really have not discouraged all that many takes and definitely made it easier to get the fly back out of the gill. Using the really small flies will always get takes but many times made it very hard to get it out of the super small fish which ate it.