Since I have a small lake filled with large mouth, various small pan fish, chain pickerel and perch about a half-mile from the front door, this become my default fishing expedition. I use a 5wt. six foot bass leader. For flies, pan fish are not the most discerning of eaters. Nothing like watching a fish slam on a "Sneaky Pete" or similar popper. Then again woolly buggers, both bead head and not, are great. To keep the bluegills off, I'll use a 2 to 6, if I want to get the blue gills, 6 to 8. Just have to adjust for your fish.
I also like the Tequeely Streamer
Streamer Fly Patterns / Tequeely Streamer -- Orvis
Fish for the edge of the weeds and when the lily pads come out, for the edge of the pads. Just be careful, those pads have strong stems if you get hooked on them. The large fish like to wait in ambush. For fun, I'll try to place the fly right on a pad and slowly pull it into the water. Nothing like a bug falling in front of a bass waiting below.
Don't underestimate pan fish fly fishing, those little blue gills put up one helluva fight. More fight to the once than a lot of other fish.
When I'm out in my kayak on a river, I'll use an 8wt. Makes it a lot easier to cast and bring in a fish while in that little boat. I'll also take long guide net. Last thing I need is to tip the kayak while reaching for a fish.
Welcome to the board and enjoy pan fish fishing.
on a 6 Tequeely Streamer.