Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

Hello all,

I was wondering if any of you fly fisher's out there had a go to pattern for big bluegill. Somethat that seems to attrach big bluegill better than the little guys. A lot of times while fishing for bluegill with small ant patterns I will see a big fish but have 20 little fish on my fly before the big fish even gets a chance to see it. And I know there will probably still be little guys chasing just about fly but I figured I would ask and see.

 

Also do you guys have an out of the box pattern that you use for tricky fish? I have a little pond near my house with some pretty nice pumpkinseeds, warmouth and bluegill but I have not been able to catch any of them on the fly. They have chased afew and hit afew but the few times they did hit I missed them, they seem to just sit in the sun. However, my friend who fishes with worms catches them left and right. The fish seems to be pretty picky to flies as I have tried just about everything I have from woolly buggers to small ants, dries, nymphs and all that.

 

Any help is appreciated! Pictures are always good too. :)

Thanks!

Views: 1469

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I wish I knew!

Thanks guys. I am gonna try some minnow patterns and see if that will get them. I will try something with rubber legs to see if that will get their attention and tie up some larger patterns to try and trigger a strike.

 

Thanks guys for the suggestions.

What Mike said, and maybe try a San Juan worm pattern?

Try a grey, tan, pink or orange scud.

I've also caught bluegill on purple colored wet flies (as well as chartreuse, orange, black and some other colors).  A friend swears by his wet fly tied with purple starling hackles.

Finally, I once tried the steelhead pattern called Chicken Little or Chicken Hawk in pink and also chartreuse.  The bluegill went wild for those flies.

Couple of ideas:

Use a bigger hook on your favorite pattern

I like a Muddler minnow pattern on a 3x #8 Mustad. Can fish it dry or wet.

Lastly try some fast retrieves, they can trigger a big gill into striking.

Good luck and have fun!

Nathan, in my thread about the Damselfly Nymph, I have a pic of the bug, as well as the recipe for the fly.  I didn't catch any "big" Bluegills on it, but I did get a couple Hybrid Sunnies, that just inhaled the bug and took off so strongly, I thought I had a LMB.

This sometimes fools the worm-eaters.

http://bigbluegill.com/group/flytyingandspecificinstructionsonly/fo....

 I would use as small a bead as possible to make them sink slower

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I have not been after these guys for a few weeks now but I am going to try my hand tomorrow hopefully.

go to you tube and look at (

Tying Michael Verduin's Dragonfly Nymph .

this fly can be tied in a #6 but i like it in a #4  i use a TIEMCO :TMC200R NYMPH  HOOK stright eye  3XL standerd wire semi dropped point  hook.

 i catch big gills and chinks on this fly as well as bass  i use  olive and black rabbit  strips.

 just watch the video,Mike was  true lover of the art of fly fishing.

man you struck a nerve Nathan, the dragon nymph has caught more fish then any fly i use,after over 50 yrs of fly fishing for chinks and gills,it is hands down the most productive fly i tie.

 like Mike i love top water,but when it comes to production the dragon beats them all,any time of year and any weather hot or cold. fished weighted or not this fly can be tied in many variations but Michael Verduin"s pattern works so well although i tie several variations of that pattern it is his dragon that i tie and it catches fish.

 the dragon nymph is found in most lakes and streams and the life cycle of most dragon fly's  is a year and most of that time is spent as a nymph although 3 to 5 yrs for some types.. they are a high protean source for all fish.

That is a new pattern for me, a little on the complicated side for anyone who hasn't been tying for a while.  Another good pattern that is similar is Carter's Rubber Legged Dragon.  A little easier tye that will catch fish.

Check it out here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xy3E54UTsw

RSS

Latest Activity

John Sheehan posted photos
11 minutes ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
1 hour ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
1 hour ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Blue Crab Fishing on the Fourth….7/4/2022

"Like fishing it gets fast and furious at times and they latch on….other times a bit…"
1 hour ago
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Blue Crab Fishing on the Fourth….7/4/2022

"I guess that's something you have to become good."
2 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Blue Crab Fishing on the Fourth….7/4/2022

"Hey Bruce thanks…….we always put some pots out while crabbing but don’t leave…"
4 hours ago
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Blue Crab Fishing on the Fourth….7/4/2022

"Yum, yum. Do you ever use a trap?"
11 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Crappie …..Whole and Filet…..7/3/2022

"Caught yesterday….cooked today……..taste great!"
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Crappie …..Whole and Filet…..7/3/2022

I’ve been married almost 36 years, one of the things that makes my wife happy…..whole fish and…
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Bluegill X Pumpkinseed Cross…….7/2/2022

Pumpkingill…….body of a bluegill with the mottling in the cheeks but it’s not turquoise on the…
Saturday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Fresh Local White Shrimp……7/2/2022

Butterflied, dusted with corn flour and flash fried in peanut oil……served on a bed of romaine with…
Saturday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Crappie Against the Marsh Backdrop…..7/2/2022

Chartreuse jigs tipped with a live minnow…
Saturday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Saturday

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service