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Old 11-23-2010, 12:39 AM
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im a big bluegill fly rod fan and was curious what people had as their "go to flies"
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:32 AM
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I know it doesn't make since but, this year it was a (beadheaded tan stonefly) they seemed to always like it. That reminds me I have to get some more.

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absolute, number 1 go-to for bluegills

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some one recently told my that they use a size 14 adams dry with a bb split shot crimped to the tippet right behind the eye. interesting!
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big bushy dries, like an elk hair caddis or a comparadun, usually work for me.
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small white sponge spiders around size 14. color to suit u best
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I carry smaller, but for bluegill I rarely use any fly smaller than a #12.
The reason being that gills tend to suck down flies deep and anything smaller than a 12 is hard to extract for easy C&R.
I keep my bluegill a good percentage of the time, so in that case it doesn't make too much of a difference but digging with my forceps in those small mouths is not my favorite thing to do and definitely not healthy if you're planning on releasing the fish.
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has anybody ever tried a glo-bug?
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I knock 'em dead with Green Weenies and foam beetles. Deer hair crickets,
Madame X's, and even small wooley buggers help to keep sunfish from swallowing their food without chewing.
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has anyone had any success using the "bully spider" pattern? i've heard it is productive, but have never fished it myself.
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