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Quest, With a little help from my Friends

This quest began with Tommy Winton, of Florida. He was posting pictures of MASS QUANTITIES of Blue Gill and Red Ears. The picture that got the ball rolling was his picture titled "86 Gill and Shells". Reading thru the comment found out he had caught them on crickets fished in 12" of water on bottom. One of Tommy's quotes is " If they not hitting CRICKET they are not going to touch anything!"

I am a flyrodder so live bait is not an option and began working on a sinking cricket pattern. Without much success.

I turned to another Cricket Man, the Cricketmiester, Bluegillboogieman from Alabama. We had discussions and asked him if he would send me pictures of cricket for a pattern. His quote "Cricket rule down south! I wouldn't be caught dead near the water without them." He is the Cricketmiester because he got them to pose for some SEXY pics. They can be seen on my wall of comments on page 2.

Zack Thomasson, from New Jersy started Bluegill Fly Tying, a forum for tiers to come together and share ideas and tips.

Shooter from Loisiana starts a discussion " What is you most favorite bluegill fly"

John Welch of Wisconsin, replied to this discussion with Skip Morris's "Morrisfoam Preditor". Finally found the fly with a little tweeking this could be it.

Jen of Oklahoma, came up with material suggestions and technical support.

The results were this

This is not a real pretty fly or even an original. I don't even know if it will catch fish, but it and the dozen or more prototypes will be hitting the water.

It was a group effort of 7 people from 7 states that have contibuted to this endevor an I thank you.

This is the best WEB SITE on the internet, with the best folk, who are willing to share ideas, tips and encourage us to catch more and bigger BLUEGILL.

Last but not least is to 2lbgill, Who inspired Bruce Condello to start this web. That gives us this forum, and new FRIENDS. Thank You!!!!!!

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Comment by Greg McWilliams on June 2, 2016 at 3:31am
Wow I got signed in HI GUYS!!!!
Comment by Greg McWilliams on January 6, 2013 at 8:24am

Dick, I thought the materials were on here!!!!!

HOOK size 10 2x long

Tail biots 

back legs are brown saddle hackle trimmed and knoted!!!

body material was originally brown furry foam, but it was not very durable so I used brown felt sheets from H. L.

tied in and folded over brown dubbing and 2 or 3 wraps of brown saddle hackle for legs at the front just behind the head!!!!!

THANK YOU BIGBLUEGILL FOLKS FOR THIS ONE!!!!!!

Comment by Greg McWilliams on June 6, 2012 at 4:40am

Even CRAPPIE liked the PINK CRICKETS, or the BETTY GRABLE LEGS!!!!! More research needed!!!!!!!

Comment by Bill "Musky" Modica on May 30, 2012 at 7:30pm

.......his efforts, and his legacy lives on......:)

Comment by Greg McWilliams on May 30, 2012 at 6:36pm

Yes Your LORDSHIP, I know can almost hear it, ah er READ IT!!!!!!!

Comment by Jen Nayfly on May 30, 2012 at 6:35pm
Boy thats the truth LOFR! I miss Boogie!!!!
Comment by Lord of the Fly , Rods on May 30, 2012 at 6:26pm

Greg , I know  Boogie would be proud, but he would still have some smart remarkabout those fly flappein crickets you got there.

Comment by Greg McWilliams on May 30, 2012 at 6:15pm

2 Years later the QUEST HAS BEEN REALIZED!!!!!!!!

Thanks to MY FRIENDS!!!!!!!!

STILL need the PINK ROD!!!!!

Comment by Greg McWilliams on May 30, 2012 at 6:14pm

Comment by Greg McWilliams on December 7, 2011 at 3:13pm

Live CRICKETS, Jen???? LotF,R would agree!!!!!!

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