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Old 10-25-2009, 05:07 PM
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I finally started the fly rod again, had a broken elbow. I just got back from a Ky Lake trip. At the end of the day we would anchor by the resort and fish for Gills. With a jig and bobber tipped with a meal-worm, we would get some decent sized Gills. When I used the fly rod with a foam spider all I could catch were little gills. can any tell me why? Thanks for any info.

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If the big ones aren't hitting on top put on something like a rubber legged dragon or similar fly and go down to where the big ones hang out, here is a link to some good flies. http://www.warmwaterflytyer.com/patterns6.asp

Another is the Bluegill Bully, http://www.warmfly.com/index.php?opt...26&topic=275.0 I like them unweighted and just let them sink slow, when they disappear in a white spot you have a fish on.

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Match the "hatch"; tye up some wax worm imitations and fish them down where you're getting them with the bobber rig.

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This time of year in PA, I've been getting bigger bluegills by using anything
underwater: wooly buggers, Zug Bugs, Green Weenies, and even green copper
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Thanks for the info, We were fishing in 3 to 5 ft. of water, would you still use these underwater flies? Any ways this gives me somthing to work on till our next trip.
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About the only time I catch bigger bluegills on topwater is durring the spwan and if they are eating bugs like damelsflies and may flies. Most of the time weighted flies that sink are the way to go. A black woolyworm with white rubber legs, a dragon fly nymph, or small woolybuggers are usally good.
A fly with three turns of lead wire on the back end of the hook, black cheniel body and two wite rubber legs tied over the top of eye like antina is a very good and easy fly.
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Thanks for the info, We were fishing in 3 to 5 ft. of water, would you still use these underwater flies?
Yes, older (larger) sunfish are considerably smarter, and less likely to smack stuff on the surface most of the time. Lightly weighted flies will generally produce bigger sunfish. Bead-head buggers and damselfly nymphs are my best bets for sunfish.

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You might also consider picking up a copy of "Bluegill Fly Fishing & Flies" by Terry & Roxanne Wilson. A very good book IMHO. They cover it all when it comes to big gills year around. Good luck with those gills!
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Nice flies, Big Cliff. You tie the same way that I do. KISS theory!
FrankB2,
I also live in PA and I have been catchin' lots of huge bluegills with my flyrod.
Almost every cast and they are sometimes over a pound!!
Actually, I like to fly fish for gills much better than fishing for trout! I can count on catching near 100 gills in a afternoon. They grab a fly much better than trout do, they fight better, and they are more colorful..... IMO.
I just purchased a Orvis Superfine one weight. I'm having the time of my life with the abundant sunfish.
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Nice looking flies Cliff, I know they would work very well for gills. Flies for gills need a material that gives that spark of life to them, marabou is always in a fly that I tye for gills.

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