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#10762491 - 04/12/15 07:23 PM Native Bluegill
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3139
Loc: Brenham, TX
There is a small creek that I drive over from time to time. Years ago, before the drought I would see people fishing in the creek. I decided to check it out with my fly rod. What I found were a bunch of 5.5 inch Native Bluegill. Surprisingly, there was also some other bigger fish in the creek that I couldn't identify.

I never thought I would enjoy catching fish this small but I had a blast. Those little suckers were very aggressive and fun to catch on my 4 weight. I caught them on several flies but they were really attracted to the little yellow top water popper. Only problem is their mouths weren't big enough for the popper so I had more missed bites than hookups. If anyone has a suggestion for a very small top water fly, please let me know. I tried several of the Ms. Prissy poppers and they were all to big.




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#10762513 - 04/12/15 07:30 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
Bob9 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/04
Posts: 527
Loc: Paris, TX
Try a #12 yellow foam spider. Gills like those, too.

Bob

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#10762623 - 04/12/15 08:30 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: Bob9]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Loc: Brenham, TX
Originally Posted By: Bob9
Try a #12 yellow foam spider. Gills like those, too.

Bob


Thanks Bob, I will do that. They love the legs so that should be perfect.

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#10762639 - 04/12/15 08:37 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
banker-always fishing Offline
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Loc: Universal City Tx.
Glad you got onto some hungry Gills. hooked Any fight is a good fight on the fly! boxing Nice post Jamie. coolio
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#10762691 - 04/12/15 08:57 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
J-Moe Offline
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Loc: Brenham, TX
Thanks Chuck

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#10770594 - 04/15/15 04:56 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
Laker One Offline
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Registered: 07/03/11
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You are 100 percent right. Love catching em on fly! They are a blast. woot

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#10770616 - 04/15/15 05:06 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
mwrose777 Offline
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Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 490
Loc: Pearland, TX
Foam spiders for the win! In addition to yellow, I like them in brown, black and white too. You can get a big pack of craft foam at walmart in all sorts of colors and use some old spinner bait skirts and tie enough spiders for a life time in all sorts of colors.

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#10771527 - 04/16/15 05:56 AM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: mwrose777]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Loc: Brenham, TX
Originally Posted By: mwrose777
Foam spiders for the win! In addition to yellow, I like them in brown, black and white too. You can get a big pack of craft foam at walmart in all sorts of colors and use some old spinner bait skirts and tie enough spiders for a life time in all sorts of colors.


Thanks, I have a bag full of every color and thickness of foam and plenty of silly legs. I have a couple I've tied in the past in my fly box as well. I'll experiment with a few patterns I find on Youtube.

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#10771698 - 04/16/15 07:52 AM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
Gitter Done Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
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Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Nice gills on the fly "J-Moe". Bet they were fun to catch.

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#10778612 - 04/19/15 02:26 AM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
jagg Offline
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Registered: 10/12/08
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Loc: South Texas
That looks like a really nice spot. Got to love those out of the way nooks!
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#10778861 - 04/19/15 09:14 AM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Loc: Brenham, TX
Thanks Gitter Done & Jagg

The rains have all the creeks out of the banks so I haven't been able to get back and fish this spot again yet. But I did tie up some spiders. I took one of the size 8 fancy spiders I tied up to the ponds and it worked great on bass and sunfish.




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#10779374 - 04/19/15 03:18 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
Wadefishing Offline
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Registered: 07/02/08
Posts: 308
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
The fancy spider looks great and it looks like it works very well too! Maybe I need to get the old fly rod out again and give it another try. Sure looks like fun! cheers
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#10779377 - 04/19/15 03:20 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
Gitter Done Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
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Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Great looking bait. How long does it take to make a fly?

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#10779396 - 04/19/15 03:30 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: J-Moe]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3139
Loc: Brenham, TX
Takes me about 20 minutes. I've only been tying for about 8 months. Good tiers could probably do it in 5 to 10 minutes. Very simple, easy tie.

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#10779400 - 04/19/15 03:31 PM Re: Native Bluegill [Re: Wadefishing]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3139
Loc: Brenham, TX
Originally Posted By: Wadefishing
The fancy spider looks great and it looks like it works very well too! Maybe I need to get the old fly rod out again and give it another try. Sure looks like fun! cheers


Be careful, why conventional gear is very neglected, LOL !!!

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