flies for panfish ?

#1
i'd just thought i'd ask here what are some good flies for panfish ? , i have 3 little panfish poppers in chartruse/ white , black/red/white , and white/red, they are pretty small and i'm sure they would work for bass , i'm planning on trying some on friday , (saw lots of fish rising in the shallows and jumping clear out of the water) , so i'm re-spooling my line with some SA concept in either WF or F(no taper) , which ever Joe's has , so what are some good flies i could use besides the poppers ?
 
#3
Small Crazy Charlies. Don't matter what color for the most part. I use whatever I have around. 2 weeks ago I used pearl & lime green and caught a bunch of crappie,big perch & blue gill.
 

BDD

Active Member
#4
I have done well on bluegill and pumpkinseed recently using small cork poppers in chartruse, black and yellow. If you drop underneath you may catch crappie but I prefer staying on top. Sounds like you already have the stuff. Take some larger ones and try for bass holding in the shallows.

But I'm still a trout/steelhead guy by heart.
 
#5
I have done well on bluegill and pumpkinseed recently using small cork poppers in chartruse, black and yellow. If you drop underneath you may catch crappie but I prefer staying on top. Sounds like you already have the stuff. Take some larger ones and try for bass holding in the shallows.

But I'm still a trout/steelhead guy by heart.

so you've caught panfish on poppers already ? i have a couple and plan on going to Joe's tonight to get some more poppers and fly and some fly line , a couple bass jigs too (i still like to bait fish :) )
 

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
#7
I must say in my experience a carey special in the shallows also work well on a floating line just under the surface.
 
#8
small woolly buggers always work. The most popular colors seem to be white and chartruse. Carey specials always work, i know a lot of other flies that work really well but i don't think you can buy them. Look for anything with rubber legs, they seem to like those. There wa one odd fly that work last year for me. Heres the description of the fly. It was a size 14, and a TMC 2487 hook, the same hook that quigley's cripples and a lot of chironomids are tied on. It was sort of a brassie. It had a small elk hair tail, which was flared as much as possible. The body was copper wire. The thorax was hares ear dubbing. The wingcase was pheasant tail. And it had a beadhead. I caught 20 fish in half an hour one evenning at lake stickney. Including a huge 13" crappie. Most were small perch, pumpkinseeds, and crappie.
 
#9
you could just throw out a hook with just some dubbing on it, crappie and bluegill are so dumb.. i caught a few a few years ago on a hook with some grass on it..You'll probably catch more if you use small wooley buggers though.
 
#11
you could just throw out a hook with just some dubbing on it, crappie and bluegill are so dumb.. i caught a few a few years ago on a hook with some grass on it..You'll probably catch more if you use small wooley buggers though.
I did that a few years ago when i was at Gissburg ponds. I was there and didn't have any fishing equipment. I went and ask a baitfisherman for a small hook. Found some mono line on the ground. Tied a fly using a few typed of grass around the shore, and ended up catching over 15 bluegill.
 
#13
in the past i have used beaded nymphs mostly. the smaller the better on a count of they have small mouths. if you can put a bit of high vis color your fly do it! as you will be sight fishing for the most part.

i also agree with swandazi about the dubbing. make a few in different colors so when the fish start to spook you can switch it up on them.

but after a while they'll just start giving you the fin.

good luck out there!!!!
 
#14
its been my experience that any fly under size 10 or 12 will catch panfish, but i have to say i prefer dry fly's, its good practice for trout and a lot of fun to boot. another thing to try would be small streamers and wooly buggers, which will add the possibility of catching a bass or two, although i have caught small bass on dry flys.
 
#15
I like the rubber spider. It's easy and cheep to tye. A few years ago I found a yellow one in my fly box and liked it because it was so easy to see. I went home and tied a dozen. On my next trip to the lake it was covered with little yellow flowers blown from the trees. I couldn't see my little yellow rubber spiders in all those floating blossems. Now I have a selection of colors to choose from.

For below the surface... the Cap Spider. It catches everything.
 

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