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Old 10-11-2013, 01:21 AM
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I am picking back up fly fishing after 28 years I was 10-12 years old the last time fly fished now I am 40. Go too Flies on here too find the story about me.Anyways I am from west central Iowa. I am going to only be fishing bluegills for now then move into crappie and trout.. I was wondering what would be a good fies are good for bluegills.I know what I was a kid my dad used a hornbrug alot once and awhile a black wooly bugger both a size 12. I am just starting out making flies I do not need to hard for flies to make right now.I plan on making the hornbrug and the black wooly bugger.What other colors should I tie in the wooly bugger? ..I would like too also know what flies work good with bluegills. I will be fish spooky fish in still waters..( Gravel pits and farm ponds.)

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Welcome! And I really hate it when I go to a forum and some old fart says "Go to the FAQ section, newbie". But here? Over the last few weeks, those of us who are blue gill addicts have started, I think at last count, 4 separate threads on this very topic. I would strongly recommend reading those. No need to search, just look in the general section, the warm water section and the fly tying forum and there they are. But, since I don't want to send you home empty handed, we've been tying mini-clousers, buggers in olive and black, a new fly pattern in pink that IA trouter swears by, a cool old school foam spider (here's the link: "MY FAVORITE BLUEGILL FLY - Fly Angler's OnLine)

And basically discussing all things bluegill. So welcome aboard and don't think this is a trout snob board, far from it. pick a thread and jump in!
PS I'd start with the "Fly vices are a good investment, need help with bluegill flies" thread in general discussion.
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Hi jason k
I like, top water flies, hopper fly - hook #10 (my choice mustad R72), black (experiment with color) foam body, white rubber legs, post or wings - bunch deer hair try
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The best resource you will find: CLICK HERE

Also check out the Fly Patterns section. Each pattern on the site has detailed step by step tying walkthroughs with images, as well as fishing techniques.
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Nice link Nick, thanks.
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Did you find the link for the McGinty? It's actually Yellow and Black, or Chartreus/Black. Material list is pretty simple, and according to Riptide, exact doesn't matter. I have used it exactly once, that was last night and I couldn't keep the fish off it. In 20 minutes or so I caught large gills, small gills, a crappie and LM Bass in a drought smoked new lake where the fish have got to be stressed. I had spent the previous hour getting a sore shoulder and a near skunkin.

If you don't have the materials, PM your addy and I'll mail you one. A lot of other flies catch gills, but the McGinty should be in your arsenal.

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Okay, so while this was invented as a trout fly, it is a bluegill slayer! Give it a try and prove me wrong.

Improved Shop Vac - the original fly was developed by Craig Matthews of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT. The "improved" part is that I added a peacock herl thorax to the fly. I also use a copper bead and chartreuse wire rather than a gold bead and gold wire as in the original pattern:

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Hook: DaiRiki 125 Emerger, size 14-16
Thread: UTC Ultra black
Bead: 3/32 Copper
Abdomen: Yellow-dyed pheasant tail fibers - 6 to 8
Wire Rib: Chartreuse, small
Wing: SAAP Hi Vis white wing post material
Thorax: peacock herl wrapped front and back

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I always use a small bead head bugger. You can't go wrong with a Woolley bugger.

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Foam is deadly for BGs. Here is mine.
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Cool looking bug. What's the crinkly stuff on top?
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