Re: First post..... ever. What type of line/leader for pan fish?
Welcome to the site. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy your time here. As for the panfish idea, you probably have what you need for them already. The 3 and 5 weights would both work. I tie my own leaders, plain mono down to 6 for Crappie and Bluegill, but big enough for the Bass that hang out with them. Small nymphs and dries work on panfish. They are not as picky as Trout, and probably not as smart. Most panfish flies are pretty simple and not overly realistic. I tie a floater with craft foam and round rubber legs and use it as an indicator above a small nymph. Matching a hatch isn't to needed for pan fish. In fact bright colored will work better than realistic most of the time. I use a single fly rig sometimes with a bit of lead wire, a tail of the straight fibers from marabou, a red floss thin band and a chenille body. White/chartreuse, Pink/white, purple/white, etc. The white tail with Chart. body works as good as any. Actually this fly is killer. Bass will hit clousers, and leech patterns. Real fun for Bass are Deer hair poppers or small Dahlbergs. If you fish the pockets in the weeds. you may want a pretty stout tippet so you can haul them out and 'weed whacker' them out of the holes. The 5 wt. is good for most of them but you may want to step up to your 9 for the heavy weeds. I use an 8 for big Largemouth in heavy cover, but most of my Bass fishing I use a 5. The Bass in my avatar was on a 5 wt. with a Steelhead fly called a Funny Bunny Emerald Shiner. I hope this helps get you started. Again, welcome to the site.