Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by Olive bugger, Dec 31, 2011.
imagine a bluegill that weighed four pounds. Break out the six weight! I wish.
Sorry, but I have been away from the forum for a while. I appreciate your replies.
Thinking of taking my 14 foot boat to Lake Cassidy later in the Spring when the
weather gets warmer. I will have an extra seat if anyone is interested.
A couple of things. Being an older fellow, I don't fish cold. Old bones will not take it.
I am retired and fish mostly during the work week, to avoid the crowds.
Thinking of tying some foam beetles and perhaps a few small nymphs
The old McGinty, zug bugs, soft hackles, small olive/white clousers and poppers have always produced.
I've caught them on bare bait hooks, and who knows how many of them have hit my sinker when I was a kid. Them things will bite on anything. It'd be easier to list what they won't bite on.
Trying to hijack my own thead here. LOL
Did it strike anyone else, how the forum is for WARM WATER and I am talking about fishing tthe west side of the hill. LOL I haven't seen warm water since last August.
But that said, I suppose that blue gill have to eat in the winter time also.
I know ice fisherfolk catch them, and yes bluegills need to eat in the winter. I hope to try the pond again tomorrow. Been too long, I need to fish
Hit the FAOL Central Washington Fish In held in May in Ephrata, WA if you like gill fishing. There are several ponds in close proximity where the gill fishin is great that time of year. Also, there are several people at the outing who can teach you much about catching gills. I have not attended the past few years but have gone just for the gills fishing.
Dr Bob :ray1:
When I bought my mini-drifter from an old guy in Oly a few years ago, I had to take it to some water and try it out. I'd never fished Offut Lake, so I headed over there. It was either late Aug or early Sept. Had about a half hour of light left by the time I put in and rowed over to some lilly pads and started casting a #10 yellow Stimulator to gaps around the edges. Few casts later, Wham! Good surface take and a hard fight on the 6 wt for what turned out to be a fat hand-sized Bluegill (might have been a Pumkinseed... not too good on the panfish I.D.). That was my first and only Bluegill on a fly. Very fun. I called it a day and drove home chuckling over how I "broke in" my newly acquired mini-drifter. The guy I bought it from had told me that he hoped I would take it down some rivers and not let it end up on a "Bluegill pond.":rofl:
I am not ashamed.
Methinks that 2012 is the year of return to Central Washington for me. Just me, a box of
flies, a rod, reel, and line. I might also take my vice and see if I can whip out some killers.
What is the FAOL fish in? I like bluegills as fishing for them is like being a kid again.
I was wondering that my self, ZL.
I was watching a video on fishing for blue gill a few minutes ago. Got me to thinking that
maybe a dark surface bug like a foam beetle or grasshopper later in the season.
I still like the cricket idea, but perhaps a dragon fly or dark nymph.
What do you fellows think?
I would like to get over to Ephrata this spring for fishing of any sort.
OB, let me know when you are ready. I will act as a klutzy guide.
I can do that.
I fish foam dragon flies for bass on occasion, it is a long process as they will sit there and stare at it for quite a while. You have to sit there a minute or two before even the first twitch, but when they take a big foam dragon fly it sounds like a cannonball hitting the water.
As far as the other flys you listed I seem to have better luck for panfish on small bucktail streamers tied up on a 10 or 12 hook then fishing the surface.
I fish swafford pond on my back from the tilton once in awhile.Ifish right in front of the spillway right off the road right in the middle of the bobber and worm brigade.I fish with amodified stillwater nymph,basically one that had the green maraboo wing case chewed off.My best day or hour was 18 ,my worst hour was 12 . thats not including the three brown trout ,croppies and bass also.I try not to piss the other guys off, but its hard when Iam the only one catching fish,and throwing them back to boot. That reallygets them going.The fun thing is my fishing partener for the day will always say ( I dont want to catch a bunch of little junk fish ).I havent taken anyone there yet that wasnt out of the rig and catching them by my forth fish then wanted to stay longer till dark and see just how many we could catch.