Hey Mike ,Friend of mine and I were fishing with flies one day without much action. Some folks were fishin with sweet corn fresh out of the garden. They had a basket full of gills and were leaving. They gave us the corn cobb My friend started catching nice Gills. Sure worth a try in your neck of the woods.
Chumming works well if done right. I invested in a set of meat punches- they cut a round dot of meat out of hot dogs and lunch meat. The punch makes a round coin of meat, slightly smaller than a dime. Some of these you can send into the water - a few you put on the hook.
This is a popular, cheap way to fish in England and is easy. Everything will eat meat and corn because of its size and color also its falling action.
With a small hook - these are great baits.
One item I am adding to my tackle box this Spring is an X-acto knife.
If you thinly slice that bacon on a size 14 or 16 hook - you will have something that will attract their eye!
Yesterday I caught my biggest bull bluegill and largest channel catfish on the tiniest bait. Sometimes going micro puts you into big fish...
I'm tellin' ya - they eat tiny, tiny stuff all day long. Bacon has good oils and will stay on a small hook very well also.
Too funny. We used to use the last of dogs from dinner in the evenings growning up. Money was ALWAYS tight then and the gills loved the dogs. Used Boiled dogs, at least the skins. The skin stayed on the hooks and like I said the gills loved it.
I've heard of a corn fry - but a corn fly? Is that a corn fly nymph?
Nice - I am a huge fan of the corn as well - everything eats it.
Green Giant Niblets unsalted I was told. They take great care in given you plump whole cornels... corn for carps - dogs for channel cats.
I have been fishing with something called a meat punch. It knocks out a little 1/2 dime-sized coin of meet from lunch meat. That fishes pretty well as an alternative bait with hot dog or bologna.