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06-07-2009, 10:18 AM
Anybody got info on this?
06-08-2009, 07:20 AM
This is a pretty good book on the subject: Amazon.com: Bluegill Fly Fishing & Flies: Roxanne Wilson, Terry Wilson: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Bluegill-Fishing-Flies-Roxanne-Wilson/dp/157188176X)
I guess poppers and foam rubber spiders are the most common but something that sinks works well also. I like the deer hair hoppers because you can make them float or let them sink a little, just under the surface. It is a little harder to detect a strike with the sinking stuff, just watch your line for a twitch. I have also used grasshoppers super glued to a cricket hook with good results. No weight, just toss them out there and let them wiggle. I guess bait on a fly rod might be sacralige to some but I just like to fish. (A cicada glued to a hook is a lot of fun for topwater bass and catfish but they are harder to cast with a fly rod. And yes, I meant topwater catfish.)
06-08-2009, 10:31 AM
Anything small in your flybox works great. As a kid they were my #1 target of opportunity for fly-fishing. The "Dial-A-Fly" packs from Kmart were my hackle of choice. The teeth on a gill will shred a fly in no time.
Hard part is locating a school. Then it doesn't matter so much. Dries on top, wets below, soggy dries that become wets, little streamers, nymphs. Just give them a little bit of movement.
They hit dries with abandon clearing the water like trout or they will slurp them under. You can actually hear the slurp if it is calm out. The big guys seem to hit est at low light either early or late and the little ones hit all bloody day long.
A half pounder will put a serious bend in standard trout gear.
06-08-2009, 11:45 AM
On the poppers or foam spyders, I always trimmed the rubber legs a little shorter, this seemed to help the 'gills get the bug into their mouths better. A sinking black gnat was a great producer when the surface bite slowed down.
06-08-2009, 10:32 PM
cholgus, I'm not sure where you are located but if you're in SoCal, Lake Perris along the dam right now is a great place to flyrod for gills and big redear.
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06-11-2009, 05:22 PM
I have caught Bluegill once on a fly rod. In the ponds on the Owens River on the way to Bishop. I used an ant looking fly. Caught a couple little bass also....
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