This is my list of my twelve favorite bluegill
flies. These are the ones that I use most of
the time. I also use a black bugger and an olive
bugger but I left those off the list to show
another flies that I use as much or maybe more.
The first is a Black Foam Spider. I am not sure if anyone else ties
them this way.
I run a darning hook thru the foam and then run the
eye of the hook through that channel. This way the
fly can be used over weeds easily. Pull the eye of
the hook back into the foam, turn the hook over, so
the barb is above the foam. I let this fly set for
a long time before moving it. This foam also comes
in white and I use white rubber legs on those.
Materials Black Foam Spider
Hook - Hook size 6 or 8 Aberdeen.
Body - Foam from Netcraft.
Legs - Rubber hackle through foam body with a
The Gilly is a fly that I ran onto in a book that
I can not recall. I catch more gills with it than
any other fish, but I have caught bass and
crappie on it.
This fly has blue peacock body feather barbs for the wing.
I also tie this with a bead head and let the fish dictate
how fast to retrieve this fly.
Hook - size 8.
Thread - Black.
Tail - Green mallard.
Body - 2/3 gold floss 1/3 red floss.
Wing - Blue mallard wing.
Hackle - Black.
The next fly is the McReys Honey.
Materials Streamer Nymph
I am surprised by how many fish take this fly. I
fish it very slowly and more in the shallow water
than over deeper water. I rarely use it over water
than is less than six feet deep.
Hook - size 8 to 14.
Thread - Yellow.
Body - Yellow floss.
Rib - Silver tinsel.
Thorax - 2 turns orange
chenille, I use fine chenille to tie this.
Hackle - Badger.
The next one is the Peacock Sword Nymph.
I tie this fly in a variety of colors and they
all work better on some days than others.
This can be tied with a bead head. I fish this
fly fairly deep and very slowly. I have this fly
with a red, green yellow, orange, black, brown,
grey and white bodies. I have also tied this fly
with an emu feather for the body and skipped the hackle.
Materials Peacock Sword Nymph
Hook - Hook size 6 to 10.
Thread - To match body.
Tail - 4 peacock swords.
Body - Ostrich herl choice of color.
Hackle - Any soft hackle feather.
The next is the Skip Morris Panfish fly.
This is a generic sort of thing as the colors
can be changed very easily.
Materials Skip Morris Panfish Fly
I have about six different color combinations of
this and the fly produces consistently for me.
I let the fish dictate how fast to retrieve this
fly as it changes all the time for me. This fly
is tied on a curved nymph hook. I like this as it
leaves more room for the hook point under the marabou
The next is a little popper that I make out of foam
disks. I cut the foam disks and then rubber cement
them together. I drill a small hole through the foam
and then glue it on the hook. I run rubber hackle legs
through the foam with a darning needle. I let this fly
set for long periods on the pond surface. It works a
little better on days when there is a slight breeze.
The black and yellow has worked the best for me.
Look likes a bee, the other color combinations are
not as successful.
The final six for Bluegills next time.
I hope that you can get out on the water.
~ Rick firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Time: 6 More of Rick's Favorite Bluegill Flies!