Monday, April 18, 2016

Flyfishing Report for Mid-April 2016

Still getting some decent bass on flies.  Size 2 baitfish/sunfish patterns and tiny 1/80 oz microjigs have been catching most of the bass.
19" Largemouth Bass

18.5" Largemouth Bass
Also catching a few Pumpkinseed Sunfish.
9" Pumpkinseed Sunfish
and others:
Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed Sunfish
This is a naturally-occurring Hybrid Sunfish:
Hybrid Sunfish
Have also been catching some decent bluegills:
Male Bluegill

Male Bluegill

I've been catching crappies, but the big ones recently have been throwing my fly.  Hey...the fish gotta win sometimes!


  1. Dave,

    Do you mind sharing your favorite flies for panfish? I live in South Alabama, so our fishing calendar is a lot different, but the fish sure look the same. Except that we have Alabama Spotted bass instead of Smallmouths.

    But those pumpkinseeds you're catching are bigger than any I've ever caught around here. Though I've done about every sort of fishing there is, I just started fly fishing and fly tying seriously, so I'm looking to get beyond popping bugs. The photos where I can see the fly, it looks like most of your panfish are caught on wet flies. So if you don't mind, could you share a couple of your favorites?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Judson, I will be happy to share some of my favorite warmwater flies. Showing you pictures of what I tie/use might be most useful for you, and I can't do that here in the comments. I will post a new blog entry about this soon...hopefully within the next couple days. Stay tuned.... :)