Re: Wind Scaring Bluegills?

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Posted by Chris K. from on September 07, 2000 at 11:17:26:

In Reply to: Re: Wind Scaring Bluegills? posted by bob long, jr on September 06, 2000 at 16:48:48:

: Try scuds (#10 - 12), Hare's Ear and Prince Nymphs, sizes 10 - 14, Black
: Nose Dace and Mickey Finn streamers, size 8 to 12, Muddler Minnows in black
: or brown, size 10, 12. I know these are trout flies, but they work well on
: bluegills too. If you can tie you own flies (especially if you can dub) I
: can send you some patterns to tie up that are fairly decent on gills.

Bob, thanks for the reply! Hmmm...some interesting patterns that sound like they're definitely worth trying! I've often wondered if bluegills would take subsurface patterns, but rarely see streamers in appropriate sizes. Just last week I got a Cabela's fly tying kit, so you can bet I'll give all those a try! The first flies I've tried tying are foam beetles, and I've found an increase in success going from size 12 down to size 16! I think that I was making the bodies on the 12's a too big, so the fish were just getting bonked on the head trying to eat 'em. Kinda comical, but frustrating too. I found the pattern (along with really neat illustrations) on a webpage, "So and So's (I forgot his name) Fly-tying Workshop". I'll look up the address on Yahoo, and post it so everybody can see. And yes, if you have a secret weapon bluegill pattern, I'd be very, very happy and thankful if you could send me the recipe!

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