Do you love big bluegill?
With my son's middle school baseball season ending, I actually had some time today to test out a fly that I tied up during the winter months. Got in from work and loaded up the kayak, grabbed my flyrod and headed to my favorite lake that has a good gill population. Saw a few surface smacks as I launched so I had a good feeling my fly was going to be met with approval. Paddled into an area that I knew had beds in the past and rolled out a cast and watched my fly land with a soft splash. Ripples hadn't even settled when my fly was brutally smacked. Mr. Bluegill limbered my flyrod up with a few circles around the yak. And for the next couple of hours I watched bluegill, redears and the occasional bass ingest my fly. So what fly was it? My cricket pattern.