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    Smile 3-5 Best Panfish Flies

    Hi ya'll,

    I'm going on vacation to the UP in less than 2 weeks and wanted to tie 3-5 panfish patterns for the trip. What are some of your favorites that aren't too hard to tie and work well? Or if you have any tips or tricks, anything is appreciated!
    Jon

    I only fish on days that end in Y.

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    Griffith Gnat... really small. I also like dry ants and small parachute Adams

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    Default Re: 3-5 Best Panfish Flies

    I haven't fished for panfish for a lot of years, but this "pink weenie" thread looked like one to consider for panfish.

    Pink Weenie Recipe

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    Default Re: 3-5 Best Panfish Flies

    Foam Spider
    Tiny Hopper
    Eggi Juan Kenobi
    "I knew a tier once. One time he was holding a lump of cat hair he found on his couch, sort of twirling it about his fingers, tugging at it. I asked, what in the hell are you doing man? He looked startled, ashamed. But I knew what he was thinking. right then and there I decided to just buy my fly's thankyouverymuch." ~ cwg

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    Small poppers can be a lot of fun. You might even get a bass or two.

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    I've been catching a lot of panfish on poppers as well as a black foam beetle, just peacock herl and foam, super easy tye.

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    Default Re: 3-5 Best Panfish Flies

    My picks would be:

    1: Foam spider, various colors
    2: Damsel nymph
    3: Hare's Ear
    4: Bead head Hare's Ear
    5: Irresistable

    Have fun in Da UP, Eh?

    Dan

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    Default Re: 3-5 Best Panfish Flies

    Pan fish have small mouths and tend to suck down tiny flies, making C&R difficult.
    That's why I tie most of my pan fish flies on size 12 and 10 hooks.

    My single favorite pan fish fly is the McGinty. Don't go out without it.

    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: 3-5 Best Panfish Flies

    Wooly Worm or a Bully Spider are my favorites

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    Default Re: 3-5 Best Panfish Flies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    Pan fish have small mouths and tend to suck down tiny flies, making C&R difficult.
    That's why I tie most of my pan fish flies on size 12 and 10 hooks.
    Agreed. You'll catch less, but you'll kill fewer runts in the process of disgorging the hook.

    My favorites are

    Foam terrestrials- crickets, hoppers, beetles, etc. Just make sure its got rubber legs sticking off of it
    Bead head buggers- black, olive, white, tan, and grey
    Damsel Nymphs- I tie them with beadchain eyes so they get down a bit.
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    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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