Do you love big bluegill?
Hey guys, I'm new to the forum so I figured I'd do an intro before I get into the main topic, feel free to skip this paragraph if you don't care :). I'm Sean and Sunfish are among my favorite thing to fish for because of how many species there are, I often target and catch Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish and Warmouth and hopefully someday I'll get to take a trip somewhere to catch Redears and Coppernose. Aside from fishing I'm an avid SCUBA diver and love to watch fish underwater, especially sunfish since they're very intelligent and display interesting behavior towards divers (and aggressive behavior when I swim into a nesting zone in the Spring). I also have been keeping fish (mainly natives) for over 2 years and have 8 tanks set up (5.5-75 Gallons) and as far as sunfish I have a female green and am hoping to get other species soon. Now getting on to this thread.
Can anyone suggest some good flies (dry or wet) to use for Bluegills and P-Seeds for this time of the year? I'd like to get some sunfish on flies at my local lake before the water gets to cold for them. Unfortunately half of the sunfish at this lake are stunted from overcrowding and the Bluegills average 2-6" (biggest I've caught was 10"), Pumpkinseeds average 2-5" (largest was 8.5-9"), and Greens are 1.5-6" (biggest was 8"). The reason I'm listing size is because I've tried certain flies and they've hit them but couldn't fit them in their mouths so I can't use anything to big here. There is another local lake I have with a better, healthier, and larger gill population about 40 minutes from me though so feel free to suggest bigger flies for there since they average 8-12".
Thanks in advance!
dont fish anything bigger tan a size 12.you will still get the bigger ones but even the little guys can fit a 12 in their mouth;dont go smaller either or they will swallow it.you will still get a lot of hits on the surface as insect activity is high until the frost hits.there are lots of good tyers on this site that will be glad to help.there are also fly fishing and tying groups on here you can join .
forgot to say WELCOME.and pinch down those barbs .A LOT easier to unhook.never had a gill throw the hook
Honestly, I think as long as the fly looks like food, and is in their feeding zone, they'll hit it.
This was my third year fly fishing. The first year saw most of my fish coming on GFA Hoppers (an easy foam pattern), and Olive Wooly Buggers with either a bead head or bead-chain (looks like eyes). Last year, the second year I was fly-fishing, it was all about Gurgle-Pops, with or without a fly on a dropper under the Gurgle-Pop. Bead Head Scuds were hot at the start of the season. This year, my third, saw some of my fish coming on Muddler Minnows (various sizes and color patterns), with or without a dropper. If I was using a dropper, it's was usually a Purple and Starling soft hackle. Mosquito Soft Hackles have also proven popular, both with and without a bead head.
Various dry fly patterns work at any given time. Again, if it looks like a bug, and a hungry sunnie is around, it's getting slurped. Elk Hair Caddis / Deer Hair Caddis, Catskill-style dry flies, etc.
Click on my name, and check out my photo album. I've got LOTS of flies and micro-jigs pictured. Most have caught fish.
a real dynamite fly fishing method;; is a dropper;; on a popper!! tie a nymph patteren;; about 2 feet;; onto a poppers hook. the popper acts like a float;; but also gets hit as well as the dropper. sometimes I catch 2 gills at one time!!
Couple of questions:
1) What size flies were you fishing?
2) What size material are you using for tippet?
I've tied, and fished, flies down to size 20. I've got smaller hooks, and I need to do some flies on those :)
hey Sean; I tip my baits all the time buddy!! all is fair;; catching blue gills!!