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Does anyone besides me still get a kick out of em? If you have a youngster who shows an interest in fly fishing there is no better way to get them going in the right direction than a pond full of willing bluegills and a few dry flies.

Posted on: 2010/4/11 10:30


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Love bluegills. My favorite gill pond is also trout lake so I can't get anywhere near it right now.

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i sometimes prefer bluegills to any other fish.throw sunnies and smallies together and you have a lot of fun,rather than the seriousness of trout fishing.

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I won't deny it, they're the most fun you can have because they're so very easy.

Matter of fact, I think I need time back at the 'gill pond to practice as I don't seem to be able to set a hook worth a damn anymore.

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I like 'em too. Since I prefer to fish creeks and rivers rather than ponds/lakes, I usually target red breast sunnies and rock bass as they're more prevalent in streams. I did get a huge bluegill a couple years ago in a creek and wish I got a pic of him as he was probably about 10."

Posted on: 2010/4/12 7:29


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I giggle like a little kid every time a 'gill smacks one of my top water offerings. I started tying and fishing the Bully Spider last spring for sub-surface fishing and if tied right, it decends on a 45 degree angle and for some reason the pan fish can't resist it and slam it pretty hard. I got my PB 'gill on that fly last year and wish I had taken some pictures. It's a fun alternative to to trout fishing especially in the early spring when you might find your the only one fishing the pond.

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Yes! They're great fun and a fair fight on a 4-5 weight if they're good size. The local state park has a pod with 8-10 inchers along with small bass. I prefer the gills.

I totally agree about gills being a great teaching aid.

I use a various dries (nothing fancy) and small poppers for them. I also like using a #10 BH Prince Nymph, esp. one with the holographic "wings" (I think it's call "The Fly Formerly Known as Prince"). on that fly I get gills, crappie, pickerel, pumpkinseeds, small bass, you name it!

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Big 'gill fan here. I lash a few strands of white marabou to a hook and toss it in the shallows. When it disappears, set the hook.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 10:48


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There's a small pond at Racoon creek state park that I try to go to atleast once a year. If you don't catch 25 gills in 2 hours then something is wrong with you. I also go there to teach new guys how to cast and detect strikes. There's also a private lake I fish every year that has the biggest gills I've ever seen. When one takes a size 6 4xl streamer, you know they're big. I might miss that this year... the event is usually in early July, and the baby is due soon afterwords. Utter disapointment

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I love fly fishing for gills. It great way to relax or even introduce someone to flyfishing and have them catch something on a fly rod the first time out. Too many favorite flies, rods and favorite ways to catch 'um on to name, but hey are extreme fun with not much work.

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Posted on: 2010/4/13 16:24


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my favorite summer evenings are spent floating around moraine state park in my canoe casting poppers to gills and watching the ospreys. and that time will be here SOON!!

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I had "THE FEELING" someone was watching me and here i thought it was the government , or one of their agencies , but hey , just because i'm paranoid doesn't mean they aren't watching , to quote someone i can't name , Bluegills saved my fishing life , i might have given it up after my accident if it wasn't for my buddy takin me to a bluegill lake "THE QUE" a ton of em on a black ant and i knew i'd do this again. As for a teaching tool , rod control casting ability , fighting and releaseing fish all comes easy to a kid IF they are catching fish , they don't have to be huge or trout for that matter , if you ease a kid into fly fishing by starting with bluegills you'll not go wrong.

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First fly i ever tied and took it right to a pond and caught a bluegill on top on the first cast , and here i thought the bluegill was the one that was HOOKED!!!

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Well, I'll admit that I enjoy fishing for all panfish...but then again I'm the kind of person that will throw a fly to anything that swims (including bullfrogs and snapping turtles...).

In fact, I've actually fished for them over trout when I find them in a trout stream in the summer... I know, that's blasphemy, but when the pressured trout ignore everything you throw at them, tell me you wouldn't cast across the pool and target the bluegills.

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I think fishing bluegills is like being in a batting cage. Great for all ages! I love it, no matter how much I like to dedicate myself to some kind of perfection in fly fishing for trout, sometimes it's just fun to catch fish. I have no less or greater appreciation for either species. In fact the bullheads should be biting soon.

Posted on: 2010/5/20 22:09



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