Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by sharpshooter223, Dec 22, 2007.
what are some topwater flies that you use for bluegill and what are some good flies for crappie
I believe this has been covered many times but poppers stand out as my favorite. And honestly, Bluegill are so aggressive they'll pretty much hit anything that moves on the surface. Elk Hair caddis, #12-#14 BWO, black gnat parachutes, etc. The list goes on and on.
i was acctually refering to what patterns of poppers, i guess i should have said that
I've had good luck with the standard Umpqua poppers in chartreuse and in white. I've tried the black and red ones but never had really good success. I'll be tying up my own very soon out of cork and silicone legs and plan on painting them in different colors.
I haven't fished for 'gills much,but I used to have a small lake on my parents place that I fished for bass and crappie pretty much every day. I did best with an ant pattern that a modified. I tied it up on a #8 wet fly hook and used peacock herl for the body and black hackle in the center. It looks a lot like a backswimmer when you fish it.Let it sink and fish it very smoothly as crappie can seem to judge distance well and will miss a fly that is jerked . Also clouser minnows tried small seem to work well ,I used olive and white.
do bluegill tend to bite near the tail of poppers?
any simple foam hopper patterns?
Try some gurgler-style flies. They'll make some noise and the hook will be in the rear.
Crappies are more fish eaters than bluegills. Small wooly buggers or minnow patterns should be effective. [Although, I have caught some some crappies on bluegill poppers at dusk when I lived in NC.]
I like small Clousers and small Chernobyls on top.
Hard to beat a foam spider for topwater crappie and bluegill action.
I had an unusual experience on Freeman Lake in Northern Idaho. I saw a bunch of rising fish and threw out a dry fly and caught a nice crappie. Decided to change to a weight streamer and caught a nice rainbow. I caught my limit of trout on the streamer and then switched to a dry fly and caught a mess of crappie. I would have thought it would have been the trout feeding on the surface and crappie feeding on small fish deeper but on that day it was just the opposite. It was a fun day of fishing. Then they introduced Tiger Muskies to the lake. Ruined all the fishing for trout, bass, perch, and crappie.
I find that blue gills and crappie aren't picky. If they are hitting on the surface just about any dry will work. I usually use a size 8 or 10 for a dry fly.
Using white or yellow wooley buggers works well for crappie.