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Crappie fly fishing
Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:25 AM
If you pm me an email, I can forward a pdf publication that describes an effective way to rig a big strike indicator to help suspend the fly in the feeding zone
Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:04 AM
Boa yarn flies, Goldie Jr., Only, Rubber legged Dragon, furl tailed Mohair leech, Streamer nymph, Crappie Dart, Perch-a-bou.
At times other flies also work.
I have sever small ponds that have crappie in them. They are always hungry.
Posted 22 November 2017 - 12:28 PM
Clousers to match local prey fish. In our case here in S Florida, olive/white, chart/white, tan/white, brown/white, olive/orange/yellow.... I've caught many specks on top when fish get shallow (3-4') with tan deer hair sliders/divers.
Posted 22 November 2017 - 01:07 PM
I've done the bulk of my crappie fishing with spinning gear. Using a minnow and a slip bobber or twister tail with a slip bobber. I also used twister tail as a searching pattern to see where the crappie were hanging out. I've caught them with a fly rod but haven't really targeted them. That should change this coming spring. Years ago I tried to come up with a fly that imitated a twister tail grub. I dubbed it the Eztaz bug. It's the only fly I've ever caught crappie on. White is the color that works best. Mainly size 6 and 8
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Fairly simple tie
A marabou tail the length of the hook shank with a few pieces of flash on either side. These days I use 2 or 3 pieces on each side.
3 or 4 wraps of lead wire around the center of the shank.
Wrap pearl estaz on the shank
then trim the estaz to try and get a grub shaped body.
Here's a more detailed description.
Posted 22 November 2017 - 01:49 PM
One with with catching them on top is, they do not always strike the lure coming out of the water. I have had the jump out of the water to the side of the fly on hit it on the way back into the water. Make sure you fell them take they fly before setting the hook. When they are shallow in the spring for spawning is the best time to get them on top water.
Posted 24 November 2017 - 07:08 PM
Those are a couple of pretty Sac-au-lait.
Barbed hooks rule!
My definition of work: Doing something in which effort exceeds gain.
Ex-Marine ... quondam fidelis
Posted 27 November 2017 - 10:38 AM
You can count on one hand the number of them that I've caught (assuming you have all your fingers. If not, substitute foot). All but one have come on a #10 olive krystal bugger. The other took a white #10 gurgler.
I'm fishing the local freshwater canals, so that might make a difference. Good luck!
Edit: just read the second page. Nice work!
Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:58 PM
And the fry they eat are whatever fish are in the lake or pond you fish,
Basically any streamer pattern with a white, cream or pearl belly....1/2-2 long with a contrasting back...grey,black,chartuese,blue, etc will catch Crappie
You just have to find out where they are holding at and what depth they are at.
And yes they will hit poppers and dry flies
I used to fish a farm pond years ago....Every night in the summer a Mayfly hatch would happen around 4-5 oclock.... under a willow tree that was hanging over 15 feet of water. For about an hour you could catch Crappie in 15 of water on top water stuff
Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:34 PM
also forgot to mention that I used to fish a pond in the stinking armpit of the south, which was turbid at best, and plain old muddy after a rain but held some very nice crappies- 14" to 15" range. The best fly there was a #6 cone-head woolly bugger on a 3xl or 4xl hook, fully dressed, with a chartreuse tail, yellow chennile body, and chartreuse hackle- gold cone-head. I imagine it had something to do with them being able to feel it with their lateral line as well as possibly picking out the bright color when they got close enough. I've usually done as well as can be expected with black and purple and dark blue in water with horrible visibility, but in that place, chartreuse and yellow was the ticket.
the gales of November remembered...
Posted 28 November 2017 - 10:36 PM