Target: Bluegills

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  1. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    Fished for these little buggers for a lot of years, but never with a fly rod.
    Thinking of using my 2 wt this summer. Is that going to be a little light?

    Or I could go 5 wt. Got nuttin in between.

    Your thoughts?
     
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    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    I like fishing them with small popping bugs (size 8). They may be hard to throw with a 2 wt. Another favored alternative is a pair of nymphs: damsel paired with a bead-head Callibaetis nymph on a sink tip line. Again, easier to toss with a 5 wt. than with a 2 wt. Also, in most lakes that have bluegills, you also have bass and you never know when a fat bass will take you fly. Do you think that your 2 wt. would have enough backbone to handle a largemouth bass?

    Steve
     
  3. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    2wt would be a blast! I use Damsel Nymphs . . . they never seem to take them deep when 'Gills are on the beds. A 1wt is even more fun!
     
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    2wt and a #12 olive bugger. Game on!
     
  5. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    I use a 2 wt TXL, 1wt or, short 4wt bamboo for panfish. I also go with an olive damsel nymph sight casting in the shallows for nesting bluegills! What a blast! If those fish ever got to 5 pounds...look out!
     
  6. Olive bugger

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    Looks like I am in bizness. Gonna need some flies. Best get cracking and tie some up.

    Pound for pound those bluegills don't take a back seat to anybody in the scrappy department. A five pound gill would be a heavy load.
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    There are a couple of hotspots here that produce beefy 'Gills, affectionately called "Frisbees with Lips." Light rods + aggressive Bluegills = FUN!
     
  8. Olive bugger

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    You got that fun part correct, Jim. I am thinking that I will need to make a sojourn over the hump to find me some good gill hunting.
    Not a lot over here on the wet side, that I know of.

    Perch are available, but the gills are a treat.
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    June is prime time, Charlie. Let me know.
     
  10. Olive bugger

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    Sounds good to me, Jim. I will send you an email when the time is near. Thanks for your information.
     
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I'll let you know when the waters start producing.
     
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    I don't see near as many bluegill or pumpkinseeds around here now as a decade ago. Still tons of perch, smallies, and LMB though.
     
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    Same here way more perch and small LMB now a days with only the rare crappie\bluegill\pumpkin seed. The average perch also seems to have been getting bigger every year.


    I normally fish them with a 2 wt but sometimes when an indicator with a small jig\beadhead is super deadly it is hard to turn that over with a 2wt so I would use a 4/5 for it.
     
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    I use a glass 5 weight as I learned that with a lighter rod I had trouble keeping the better fish out of the pads. I fish west side lakes where a lot of fishing is casting to pockets along a weed edge. It was frustrating to land small fish and have the dandies get off when they got into the lily pads.


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    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1392079408.636856.jpg These are some bugs that have worked well in the past. These work all summer and fall, not just for bedded fish. They are pretty crude but bluegills don't care. The foam ant seems to really get them fired up.


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    Pretty much if it has wiggly legs on it, they love to attack it in my experience, those are all great looking choices, Doug. The only downside to legs and tails is you spend a lot of time messing with the little buggers nipping at them.

    Last summer I was fishing a warmwater lake and had grown tired of the little guys messing with me. There are bass in there as well, so I tied on a big ol' clouser minnow thinking the bluegill would leave it alone. I ended up catching the biggest, fattest 'gill of the day on it. I don't even understand how it got the hook in its mouth, but it did. They are pretty much the bullies of warmwater fisheries.
     
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    Understanding bluegills is a full time job.
     

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