Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Reflecting on 2014 - best bluegill days

As I mentioned in my prior post, my best guess is that I fished 15 days last year. When looking through my pictures I can see that I either fished from a float tube for bluegills or fished in small New Hampshire streams for small trout.

Below I have pulled together some of the images I took while float tubing for sunfish in a local farm pond.  The pictures remind me of how many big bluegills I caught last summer, mostly in August.  When dressed in spawning colors, they are beautiful.  Especially gorgeous is the pumpkinseed shown in the second to last photo.

All were taken on a 9 foot 5 weight.  My friend Paul built for me a custom 9 foot 4 weight for my birthday, which I am looking forward to using on my next day in the float tube, likely to be the middle of June.

Sometimes I will use a double wet fly or/or nymph fly rig.
Even when I switch the flies I find the second fly
catches more.

My friend Paul makes these mini-Clousers using Craft Fur


David Hutton said...

It's been ways that, "Were bluegill to average five pounds, we'd but rarely see them."
Possibly the gamest small fish we have, their bullish fight is legend. And those over 8" are the hardest to catch with consistency.
Of note to me were the subsurface flies you used. A Chernobyl Ant is a fun, gaudy thing to use, appealing to angler as much as fish. But when the trophy size bluegill shy off the surface bite, you have to reach down to them.
Good work!
I'm also intrigued by your pontoon craft - just what is that?

Peter F. said...

Good morning. Thank you. Going deep I find to be necessary in the summer when most of these shots were taken. In a couple of those pictures you will see an olive woolly worm style fly. It is my favorite sub-surface fly for bluegills. The only weight is the mustad hook (which is a bit thicker and heavier I presume than the Tiemco hooks I usually use). It's really a "fore 'n aft" woolly worm. It retains water so when cast it hits with a splat and breaks the surface tension quickly. If you look at the key words list in the left column you will see "double hackle" as I wrote a couple of posts about it previously that you might be interested in. The floating device in the first picture is the Hobie Float Cat. It is also listed in the key words list, as I wrote an article about it several years ago. Please check it out. Unfortunately, I have been told Hobie no longer makes it. That's too bad. It has great durability. Mine is +/- 20 years old