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Old 03-20-2013, 07:50 AM
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Default OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

That's redear sunfish for us yankees.

As I described in another thread, my father and I look to be taking a trip to a local lake later this spring. Redears/shellcrackers look to be the best species for this lake in the fishing forecasts.

Any particular flies? I've got the usual nymphs, buggers, etc. that you'd use for bluegills.

Should I get a sinking line?
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

I used to have a nice pond for bass/bream (which includes shellcrackers) when I lived in South Carolina. If you're fishing in spring, the sc's could well be on their beds, which means they will terrorize flies. For me, popping bugs would be the way to go. Woolly buggers and the like will work really well, too. I wouldn't (and didn't) bother with sinkers or sinktips for that fishing; it was easy to stay in the zone with a floating line.

My take on it, anyway.
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I used to have a nice pond for bass/bream (which includes shellcrackers) when I lived in South Carolina. If you're fishing in spring, the sc's could well be on their beds, which means they will terrorize flies. For me, popping bugs would be the way to go. Woolly buggers and the like will work really well, too. I wouldn't (and didn't) bother with sinkers or sinktips for that fishing; it was easy to stay in the zone with a floating line.

My take on it, anyway.
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Thanks, Gary. We will probably be fishing either late may or mid June.
My first fish on a fly was actually a redear from this lake. It was more by accident, though.

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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

Small Yellow poppers and Yellow craft foam spiders would be in my fly box. Some soft hackles of different colors for the mid water column and then I would have some Blind Squirrels both weighted with beadchain and some unweighted.
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

Did very well on some real bruiser Shellcrackers in Santee Cooper on small sparsely tied Clousers. Like Bluegills on steroids!
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

If you think those are on steroids, you should see the pumpkinseeds around here. They look like Lance Armstrong's dealer.
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Briminators have worked well for me.
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If you think those are on steroids, you should see the pumpkinseeds around here. They look like Lance Armstrong's dealer.
Oh I know about those monster Ma Pumpkinseeds! We have the same big Pumps on Li ,dark big and fight like all get out! My son held the WR for Pumpkinseed at one time! Awesome little fish! Here in Pa we have big Seeds but not like the bruisers in Ma or LI!

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And I think Dan said there are some mega Pumpkinseeds by him as well!
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

My mother....at a youthful 70!!!.... prefers flying black ants and mosquito patterns in the early morning and evening at our local lake.
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Default Re: OK, southerners... Flyfishing for shellcrackers

Briminiators and Blind Squirrels...

I've got to investigate these and do some tying.
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