The days are getting shorter, the water getting colder and the bluegill / sunfish are ignoring my Betts topwater poppers. That means "Briminator Season" has began. The Briminator is by far my favorite pattern to use in the Winter and Early Spring. I not only catch big sunfish and bluegill on the fly; I've also caught trout, catfish, crappie, buffalo, gaspergou and lots of 18 to 19 inch bass.
There are several techniques and presentations I've found to be very effective when pond fishing.
First, I usually start with a size 8 or 10 unweighted fly in olive, black or crawfish orange. I throw it out in deep water and let it sink slowly. If the fish are active I'll see a twitch in the line and I set the hook.
If they aren't taking it on the fall, I will let it sink to the bottom and start stripping it in with 3 small pulls then pausing. If that doesn't work I will let it fall then swim it back to me as slowly as possible. I tie one pattern with dark crawfish colored rabbit fur. I have great luck with crawfish patterns in the winter. But I found that large rabbit fur bass patterns get extremely heavy once wet. I use that to my advantage. The rabbit hair Briminator bridges that gap in sink rate between an unweighted marabou Briminator and a weighted one.
If none of these techniques are working I will try a weighted Briminator. I let it sink deep into the weeds and swim it slowly back to me. The Briminator rides hook up and moves extremely well through weeds as compared to a woolly bugger.
I posted a thread on the Briminator in the Fly Fishing section last year and the inventor of the fly, Tony Guzman chimed in on the thread. It is an interesting read with several pictures and links to other people's Briminator ties. The Briminator was originally tied with a single pheasant church window feather but I've experimented with lots of different materials. http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/10670395/1
Below are a few of the fish I caught in the last few days on Briminators.