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    Default Re: Tips for small stream bluegill

    For years I used small poppers more than anything else. However, with the small mouth on a bluegill, the popper was frequently taken in deep enough in the mouth that it was very difficult to grasp the popper with my hemostats to remove it. I have pretty much switched away from the hard body poppers to small soft foam poppers, Gurglers, hoppers, etc. because with the softer body, you can squeeze the hemostats into the body for easier removal. I also use Briminators, wooley buggers, small clousers. Another very good and simple fly to tie is the Cap Spider, using a 1/80 to 1/124 oz. jig with rubber legs and a thread body. You want to target ledges, drop offs, shady areas along the banks, under logs, etc.


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    Default Re: Tips for small stream bluegill

    Royal coachman streamer, and swing it. I swear I hit more small creek bluegill and chubs on that pattern than anything else. A close second would be a small crayfish, aggressively stripped in.

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