Well, I too, am ashamed

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by Olive bugger, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    God bless the little blue gill buggers. Fun to catch for sure.
    I don't know if they enjoy it quite as much tho.
     
  2. Shad

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    I only do it a couple times a year, but the lazy days I spend chasing panfish with a light rod are among my favorites every year.

    A small hare's ear (14-16) is good. I concocted my own little bug that is not much to look at but absolutely kills them. It's basically a few strands of pheasant tail, tied in at the bend for a tail and then palmered forward to about 2/3 up the shank, followed by a few wraps of peacock herl and topped off with a palmered partridge hackle. Sizes 10-14 all seem to work about the same. I haven't tried it yet, but this year I intend to tie some up reverse spider style to see if that makes them even more deadly. I tie them unweighted, but I fish them with a little tungsten putty a couple feet up on the leader. I find I catch pumpkinseed and bluegill with or without the weight, but I catch a lot more crappie and the occasional bass when I use the weight. Once you find the fish, casts without strikes are rare. Your mileage may vary, but I look for grassy banks that are shaded. Follow the shade as the day progresses, and you will be into them all day long.

    If you're catching only small ones (a relative term when applied to bluegill and pumpkinseed), it's a sign that there are too many of them competing for the available food. Kill a whole bunch of them, fillet them (yes, it's a major PITA), and fry them up in a jalapeno potato chip breading. Enjoy with a tall glass of fresh lemonade (you will need that after a hot day on the water). Really tasty.
     
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    Try a green but balck gnat in a 14 or 16 when the water get to be about 56F if you want some dry fly action. As others have stated, small hare's ear and pheasant tail also work very well.
     
  4. Olive bugger

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    Well, being retired has some advantage to it. I was digging around and I found an old Fenwick blank that I made into a rod some years ago. It was my first and not very pretty so I put it away in favor of younger and more attractive ladies. I dug it out the other day and it hit me that it would make a very nice Bass rod. I have some 8 wt lines on a couple of reels so
    I think I will try my hand in Lake Washington this spring.

    I guess I had better get busy and tie up some bass streamers.
     
  5. Loteck Joe

    Loteck Joe Over The Hill Gang Member

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    I have been a trout fisherman all my life, but I too am planning on targeting some panfish this coming season. I've found where a substantial fishery of perch are and I hope to find some crappies as well. I've been tying flies between size 10 & size 14. Mostly soft hackles with fine chenille bodies. White, pink, chartreuse and red are the predominant colors I've been using. Also tied up some furled tail mohair leeches in black, red, olive and brown. I plan on fishing most of the flies on a 5 weight full sink line from either a 12' jon or an 8' pontoon boat.
     
  6. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    Strange that you should say that Joe. I was just thinking of how would a soft hackle peacock or olive work on those little devils. I think I will take a couple of each of your suggested colors on my next excursion. Thanks for the nudge.
     
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    I've caught hundreds of gills and sunfish on bait, but can't seem to get any on a fly. If I try small poppers I get small bass or nothing. Unweighted nymphs or small buggers don't draw any attention at all. What type of retrieve are you guys using?
     
  8. Nick Clayton

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    My favorite local lake has blue Gill and when the water warms they hit most anything I throw for trout but seem extra willing to smack a soft hackle fished anywhere near them
     
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    I am beginning to think about the spider tied soft hackle/yellow. Small size like !6 or 18.
     
  10. Nick Clayton

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    Good call OB, no fish is safe from the power of the soft hackle!