Target: Bluegills

#1
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?
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#2
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?
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
 
#5
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
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.
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#7
There are a couple of hotspots here that produce beefy 'Gills, affectionately called "Frisbees with Lips." Light rods + aggressive Bluegills = FUN!
 
#8
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.
 

Kcahill

Active Member
#13
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.
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.
 
#14
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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#15
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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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