Favorite Bluegill Patterns

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  1. Ray Adams

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    A2E30470-4C54-452D-AEFE-2DA33B91F065.jpeg Hi All,

    The ‘gill season is upon us and I’m all kinds of excited. I love it as much as fishing over a good Hendrickson hatch, which is saying a lot.

    On that note, I’d love to engage in a round table discussion about everyone’s favorite panfish flies. Here are a few of mine:

    1. Michigan Skunk
    2. Foam Spider
    3. Game Warden
    4. Gartside Sparrow

    Thanks for indulging this obsession.

    Ray
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  2. mjh4

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    My favorites are #1 black ants #2 black&red foam spiders #3 elk hair caddis and a size 14 bumble bee. These are the most popular flies I tie for Gill fishing.


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  3. PunyTrout

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    1. Foam Spider
    2. Foam Spider
    3. Foam Spider
    4. Foam Spider
    5. Foam Spider
     
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  4. Ray Adams

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    Do you feel color has any influence on effectiveness with spiders?
     
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    Black is best IMO.

    I used to use white, yellow or black. Now I only use black with some kind of variegated or grizzly rubber legs. I use the pre-formed bodies but I'm sure you can cut your own. No hackle necessary, just legs and a foam body. Use some zap-a-gap for durability.
     
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    Yep, my experience too. I do feel the variegated legs seem to out-perform solid colored legs.
     
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    Something like this, but I only use one set of legs.

    If you want to get fancy, palmer some flashabou on the hook shank for the underside of the fly.
     
  8. mjh4

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    I like the segmented legs also as far as color for flies doesn't matter as long as it's black!


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  9. feedinggrounds

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    Bully spiders! Ants then durable black foam spiders. If I buy the foam spiders I do crazy glue them if not tight.
     
  10. I always carry some Madam X's with me when bluegill fishing. Fish 'em dry or sunk... they work both ways.
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    Wilson's Bully's Bluegill Spider is also some strong medicine. The trick is in how you fish them.
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    When fishing over beds, I like a #10 Roberts drake paradadun with a black nymph dropper
     
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    So hard to beat a Betts popper
     
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    My list is long that I carry with me but the #1 on the water is almost always a Blue Gill Sparrow.
    I will then go to a couple of different variations of the Bully Spider or similar fly that I tie.
    As for surface flies, it is normally a Foam Spider, (Black, Green, and Yellow, always tied with 1 set of legs)and then a the Madam X.
    Most are tied on size 12 hooks, but some on 10's and even size 8 on occasion. It is rare for me to use a 14 or smaller hook.
    BIG HOOK, BIG FISH! :)
     
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    Regardless of the color or size of my rubber spiders, I always tie in a red marabou at the waist and trim it to cover the under-belly. Fishing side by side, one with and one without that feather. For dad and I the red belly feather did it every time.
     
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