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Old 05-16-2013, 03:54 PM
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Have a few colors handy. Some light, dark, and neutral.

Where the critters get picky is with depth and speed. Vary the speed. I've seen them go from chasing bass lures to just barely ticking a 1/32 oz stationary jig. When they are sluggish they will eat something in front of them, but won't move a foot to get it. In general, they also feed "up". Get a fly under them and they won't see it.

This time of year, look for rip-rap or shallow brush near deeper water. They can get really shallow. If no takers, start backing out and fishing deeper. They tend to bunch up and suspend. Find the depth and you're in business.

I use floating lines and short mono leaders for the shallow ones down to.about five feet. After that it's sink tips.
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i've done well with chartreuse buggers and chart/white clousers.
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on bright sunny days, use darker colors, blk/chart is a good one, on cloudy/overcast days, go lighter in color. Sometimes red/chart or blue/chart is the color of the day. Crappie feed on what is above them, if its below 'em, forget it. Anything that will mimic a minnow (minner here in E TN) will get some interest. The spawn is close to being over here, so fish will be/are moving back out to deeper water, and scattered. If you have a boat with depth finder, look for structure or ledges, humps, bumps, blowdowns, etc., and you could find 'em. Sometimes they hug the bottom, other times they are suspended at 7' in 10 or 15 FOW.
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Crappies ought to love the cat's whisker fly. Scroll down a bit to find it. If nothing else, Dave Cammis is a delight to listen to as he ties.

https://sites.google.com/site/christ...cammiss-videos

A marabou jig will do. Very similar.
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Flyfisher for men, there are several flies on that site that would be good for Crappies.

Another that came to mind is a Goldie.
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Flyfisher for men, there are several flies on that site that would be good for Crappies.

Another that came to mind is a Goldie.
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