The local waters are still ice-covered, but the quality and safety of that ice has been questionable. So, I haven't been fishing in weeks. I really haven't been tying too many flies either, but I have gotten a few done.
Mostly, I've been tying flies for crappies, and also for largemouth bass. The crappie flies are my usual top-producers...nothing really new there. For Largemouth Bass, I had some good success with a topwater pattern last year. Now, I've been trying to tie up mostly bluegill/baitfish imitations to see if I can coax some nicer fish from my local waters that might not be willing to strike the topwaters. Some of these I've tied before...I just have never used them much. My plan is that I actually WILL use these more this year.
Anyway, on to the flies:
I tied up some #2 size EP fiber bluegill patterns:
I've also tied up some Craft Fur Minnow variations (these may also work well for white bass/wipers):
...and some zonker strip worms:
Well, I might as well show what I've been tying for crappies.
Chartreuse Springbrook Wunder-style microjigs:
Chartreuse Woolly Buggers:
This fly is experimental. I thought the big deer-hair head would push a lot of water, and also help the fly suspend...in short, this should be a great fly to use after dark!
And these featherwing streamers just LOOK great!