The Striped Bass season has ended here in MD, so some folks are turning their attention to various panfish species. I spent some time today tying up some flies to be used on perch & Crappies in our tidal rivers & in some of the state owned ponds.
I had recently purchased some of these small inline spinners, something that works well with either a fly rod or ultra light spinning gear.
I had these Aberdeen hooks, which are quite inexpensive, but good hooks for panfish. These are South Bend brand, likely made in Korea, but surprisingly good quality & sharp. This assortment ranges in size from about a 10 up to 1/0. I only used the sizes that looked to be #4's. A good size for panfish and one I use frequently. Unfortunately the pack is not marked for the sizes.
Here's the end result in some favorite color combinations.
Thanks! Actually Fred, they're not Siwash hooks, just cheap Aberdeens. That's a good idea however! I know Gamakatsu makes a good Siwash in small sizes that could also be used. I used these hooks because I'll likely lose several of them & didn't want to get into too much expense.
The eyes are not over sized, but do fit the spinner wire very well. When I use these I'll tie on a tiny swivel & snap to aid in limiting line twist.
man.. them hardcore fly guys get PO'ed when they see a SJW at the end of a tippet.. these will surely give'em all heart attacks... haha.. nice ties.. may have to steal this idea when warmwater season kicks off here in MN again
man.. them hardcore fly guys get PO'ed when they see a SJW at the end of a tippet.. these will surely give'em all heart attacks
Like I posted, these will be for panfish, so I don't know why anyone should get upset. To each their own! The fly & spinner combination is not new & was once very popular with fly rodders, even for trout. I used these quite a bit when I was a kid, or I would thread a spinner & clevise with a few beads on the tippet ahead of the fly, and they do work rather well. This adds some weight, some flash and a bit of vibration, so I don't see it as any different that adding some of the other materials we use.
Location: Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border
Re: Some recent tying!
Ever since I lost one of Joni's Furled leaders and tried to recover it with scuba gear, I have been giving consideration to using a small spinner blade or something to create vibration in the water. I love the spot this happened because I catch huge Walleye there. However, once I went down in scuba gear I realized that the fish in that water in the best of conditions have about 16 or 18 inches of visibility. Those little spinners you have right there I could just clip on the flies I already have. Where did you find them?
It should be interesting trying to get one of those out of the water with a spey cast huh?
hey jim im from md to. are you fishing through the winter for panfish.
dpreller, I'm going to try. I live in Arnold, but will likely be looking to give some of the Eastern Shore rivers a try, or perhaps some of the ponds over there.
I've fished at most of them in the past. Wye Mills Pond is a short drive as is Tuckahoe State Park. I'll probably also try Transquacking & Chicmacomico Rivers, both near Cambridge, and the Blackwater River. I have a Gheenoe that I'll be using.
Dan, I picked those spinner's up from an Ebay seller. I also saw a similar type on Cabalas website.