Fly Fishing for Panfish

Yesterday I took a spontaneous trip to go fly fishing for panfish. I packed up my Filson duffel with gear, and threw my waders and boots in the plastic bin.  Armed with a 3 wt and 4wt I hit the road. I’d initially hoped to find some smallmouth bass, but high muddy water meant a change in plans. I ended up at a pond that has become one of my favorite spots this spring.  During the afternoon I caught over 25 bass, bluegill, and crappie.  My warm water fly selection was slim.  I started off with a wooly worm, and also used a pistol pete, clouser minnow, wooly bugger, and popper.  I broke my line on fish several times, so by the end of the day my options were limited.  The bluegill were good sized, and put up a nice fight.  I was surprised at what a good fight the crappie gave.  It has been awhile since I’ve gotten into them.  I spooked a big bass in shallow water, and had another good sized bass miss my popper twice.  The heavier flies like the pistol pete and clouser worked best with a quick strip retrieve.  Several fish were caught letting the fly sink and watching my line for the tell tale twitch of a fish.

Fly fishing for panfish can be a great way to introduce new people to the sport because there’s a lot of action. I plan on bringing a friend next time. Now, I just need to find more ponds like this one.

Fishing Gear. Filson Duffel. Orvis Sling.

The Road


crappie. panfish

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bluegill on fly rod

bass on wooly worm

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