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    Default Re: Crappie on the fly?

    Find out when they spawn in your area. They move into really shallow areas with cover. I've pulled them out of 1 foot of water many times. Most times though, @ 3-4' on size 6 or 4 beadchain clousers. I tie up a few with light mono weedguards so I can throw into the sticks. The sink rate is usually a big deal, depending on how active they are. A few colors, some light, some dark, are all that I've ever found necessary.

    They're fun on the fly, and when they are on you can catch a pile. Had some 100 fish days here. Keep 20 for the fryer, get the rest another day.


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    Impressive collection Jim, are you opening a flyshop?

    I think I will try to tie a few of those. I have been catching a few crappie while targeting gills.

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    Schminnows tied all in black or all in white with chain bead eyes instead of mono eyes and let the fly sink for a few seconds before you start your retrieve. That and clousers tied in pretty much any bright color you want but with chain bead eyes instead of heavy dumbbell eyes. Crappie are best caught with small jigs one conventional tackle so just try to copy that motion and you are in panfish paradise. Oh size 2 hooks are what I prefer as well.

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    Bigjim I just gotta say every time I see your flies I am blown away. You are truely a master of the craft. The attention to detail is just amazing. I hope one day my fly boxes will look even half as good as yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Default Re: Crappie on the fly?

    In Colorado, I've caught them on San Juans, bead head nymphs, small buggers, dry-dropper and small minnow patterns like deceivers or clousers. 3wt is a lot of fun for the smaller crappie we have here.
    They're a great fish to chase away the skunk with... bass or carp don't want to play? Go for the crappie and gills!

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    Default Re: Crappie on the fly?

    i've caught allot of crappie on a fly rod.
    i get some good action from a #10 bh green weenie fly
    fished slow with a wf-f line a slow retrieve.



    casey


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    Default Re: Crappie on the fly?

    I've had a lot of fun targeting crappie with a flyrod! Most have been caught by stripping a pink woolly bugger in one of my local ponds.


    I have also brought a few to hand using a beadhead nymph in olive with a marabou tail.




    Chris

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    Amazing collection of flies BigJim. With so many to pick from, I'd have a hard time deciding what to use. Nice problem to have.

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    BigJim,

    What a fine collection of flies! Sometimes I think it's more fun to tie the flies than it is to go fishing with them?

    The unweighted ones with a sink tip line work the best for me. To be honest, sometimes I nose hook a Gulp Alive 1" minnow on a size 14 scud hook ....... now, that's a good minnow imitation !

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickf View Post
    BigJim,

    What a fine collection of flies! Sometimes I think it's more fun to tie the flies than it is to go fishing with them?

    The unweighted ones with a sink tip line work the best for me. To be honest, sometimes I nose hook a Gulp Alive 1" minnow on a size 14 scud hook ....... now, that's a good minnow imitation !
    Only if you're a crappie tier. ROFLMFAO.

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    Around here, black crappie are called calico bass and for me the best fishing for them is on sunny days in the early spring not long after ice-out
    They school up in shallow south facing bays where the water is the warmest.
    This can be a lot of fun as it's the first top-water action of the year.
    Any kind of little poppers work as the calicos have the "feedbag" on after a long cold winter
    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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