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Default Re: One more try

jor fly, the best fly I ever found for Bluegills and their panfish relatives is a very simple fly. I take a small wet fly hook, like 16 or even smaller, use red thread, tie in a marabou tail about 1 to 1.25 times the length of the hook. Use just the straight nonbarbed portions so it looks like very thin hair and have just a very few pieces of crystal flash. If you over do that it inhibits the movement of the tail and overly flashy stuff often does not work as well. This tail should not be a really bushy thing. Just a thin straight 'wiggly' thing.

Tie in a piece of chenile so that you have a distinct red band between the tail and the chenile. Wrap it forward and then tie it off. I often then use black thread or thead to match the chenile, and make the head out of that and bury the red at the head.

You can wrap a bit of weight on the hook if you want to get deeper but generally, you really don't need to. I just let it slow sink and twitch twitch twitch it.

My best colors going tail first have been white/chartreuese, white/pink, purple/pink and all black. they don't represent anything, but I used them once on Crappie in a lake about 4 hours South of here and actually angered the spinning rod guys. I clobbered the snot out of them Punpkinseed and Bluegills, releasing more than the rest of them hooked put together. Always fun to outdo the gear guys.

One more thing you do with them is to put a bit of weight in the fly, don't need much in fact you are better off using very little. Put a float/indicator up about 2 or 3 feet from the fly. Let the fly sink till it is dead still under the indicator, then twitch it towrds you making the fly rise up in the water column then just rest it as it swings back to below the indicator. Many panfish find this almost irresistable.
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