Do you love big bluegill?
As a rule, I don't target Pickerel. However when I started tying a fly I call the MM Minnow (see step X step under" Bluegill Fly Tying" Group) I started catching a lot more of them (called "jackfish" down here). The MM minnow will catch all kinds of fish and seems to be a natural for the Jackfish. In a couple of the ponds/creeks I fish I finally started using a braided leader to keep the beast from cutting my tippet. . On a good day I may catch 10 or 12 Jackfish while fishing for Gills and Bass. Jackfish are so much fun to catch on a flyrod, I look forward to catching them as much as I do anything else. It seems almost any creek fed pond down here has them. ............Don in SC
Great post Donald!
Similarly,I have caught several Pickerel on 32nd oz. handtied Bucktail jigs .Would be a first for me to get one on a flyrod .I'm thinking Bucktail streamers! Did you have to strip the line fast .Like White Perch ,Pickerel seem to get real excited when you move the bait quickly! in my time .Some good sized ones too.
what size hook is that Donald? Nice looking tie .I have never caught a pickerel on a fly but would love to!
That fly was tied on a size 10 2X hook. I strip this fly relatively slow, let it sink just a little between pulls. I am sure I would catch more Jackfish if I stripped it faster but I wasn't fishing for Jackfish........I do love to catch them. For Jackfish tie the MM minnow in bright colors, and add extra flash. (that seems to get their motor going) One pond that I fish in Lexington, SC seems to have more Jackfish than anything else...........Good luck .........Don in SC
you're onto something, thanks donald
Greg threw his clouser minnow a few times yesterday but he was using spinning gear so it didn't work out . We got 2 each up to 18.5 "-1.7# (Greg's Fish) , on spoons and spinners 2.5" and smaller . Nice to revisit your post here Don!