Do you love big bluegill?
Mike raises an interesting point. Since only the most pure of heart may touch an Eden fly, fishing with one can be difficult. Hence the cry of "Take a kid fishing" was born. Children, being of very pure and innocent hearts, can handle one without difficulty. So Fly anglers, being a crafty bunch, began to take kids with them on their fishing excursions. This worked well for a time, as children are easily distracted, and upon tying on the Eden fly they would usually wander off on an adventure of discovery, leaving the older, undoubtedly less pure angler free to utilize the deadly fly.
Unfortunately for fly anglers however, it was soon discovered that children, upon becoming acclimated to fishing, soon develop a taste for it themselves, which severely curtails the fishing time available to the mature angler. It then becomes necessary for the mature angler, who by this time is hopelessly addicted to the fish catching prowess of the Eden fly, to resort to bribing said child.... I hear an X-Box is a wonderful incentive in this regard, not that I would have any first-hand knowledge.
Now where did I put those waders from the other night again???
A well written narrative Old Bald Guy! I too am looking for that elusive 2lb. er. I have gotten kinda close at 1lb. 10oz. but it's still not a 2lb.er. The quest continues! I guess in a way catching that 2lb. one will be a bitter sweet experience, as I have pursued it for so many years. It will swim free once again though, and a replica will adorn my wall.
I like it - thank you!
My original reasons for bluegill fishing are shrouded more in pedestrian utility than angling prowess. Being the most numerous fish in most of the waters they in habit, it only made sense to go after them as primary game. "Fill the stringer with sunnies - FIRST!" That was my initial thinking.
But then I spent time actually searching for really big bluegill. This led to research and actual learning about the fish itself. In time, I had to differentiate coddled pond-fish from the genuine article - the wild caught whopper. Certainly these mysterious creatures exist, somewhere...
What I've learned along the way is that they DO exist. But, a rod-bending bluegill is one of the most difficult of all fresh water fishes to find and catch. It is an elusive prize, one *worth* catching. Eventually, you come to the quiet realization that landing them through the entire year is the real trick. Lusty males on the nest are one thing; but catching full pounders in the dead of summer (or winter) is quite another thing. Those who do so with regularity can rightly be called master anglers. It is this CHALLENGE that drives me. It is also the one I consider unfulfilled.
If I'm lucky, it will take the rest of my life to accomplish it.
"But then I spent time actually searching for really big bluegill. This led to research and actual learning about the fish itself. In time, I had to differentiate coddled pond-fish from the genuine article - the wild caught whopper. Certainly these mysterious creatures exist, somewhere..." Quote by David
My name is Tony, I'm a habitual fish coddler, and I'm proud...........
I'm 52 years old and fished all my life for any and every species of fish I could get access to, everything from Tarpon to Bream and I'll tell ya Nothing I Mean NOTHING puts a Bigger Grin on my face than a 10" plus Bluegill on a light flyrod! Hell even the lil ones make me smile :)
One thing Ive noticed is when I catch a big fish, Im too busy trying to land it. Smiling only comes later.
Great read - thanks for sharing. I am also an Eastern Nebraska fan of the bluegill. It's a great fish for the kids to learn on, provides lots of action, is a fun fish to land, and seems to always be willing to "play" with the angler.
I got my fly rod out & hit a private pond last Sunday. Posted about it on this site then, but it was a great night. A chartreuse wooly bugger and a dave's hopper helped me land quite a few large gills in a short amount of time.