Thursday, April 24, 2014

on the hunt for bluegills

My daughter and I have a plan to chase some serious panfish this year. Over the winter she has become super interested in all the flies that I've been making and has injected herself into the process. The connection of making the bugs and then feeding them to the fish is only natural, right?

5 years old and looking like a pro
The bluegill part was my choice, partly because of their abundance and willingness to take a fly. But, also because part of me really wants to spend some time really pursuing a few slab sized specimens. I've really been interested lately researching panfish related flies and can't wait until they move into the shallows in full force.

We have checked a few of the bigger lakes so far with out much action. The smaller mud bottom lakes though have been quite a bit warmer and have been better producers.

my daughters first fly rod crappie (ignore the discarded bobber, certainly not ours) 
She has done a great job understanding the differences in casting and how to retrieve the flies by using her hands to strip the flies in. The best part is opening the fly box and asking her opinion on what fly is going to be the bug of the day. We are in the process of building her her own fly box filled with her own flies.

not a giant but sure is pretty
Stay tuned as we continue the search for some real slabs. This post will also most likely spawn some panfish specific fly recipes posts.

17 comments:

  1. That's so cute! my little girl goes with me, but she's yet to catch a fish. She's only 2 though.

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    1. dont worry, she will get there

      i admire how you always take her along for the ride

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  2. Try Moose or Middle Genessee lakes in Waukesha County.

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    1. i will check those out, thanks for the insight

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  3. Way to go DAD! Enjoy every second you can get! Send me an address and I'll send you a few foam patterns for that fly box.

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  4. Blake
    I am so glad your daughter has shown an interest in fly fishing. You may have found a future fishing partner there. Landing panfish on the fly rod is over the top, I am impressed with that Shellcracker, I know it put up a fight on the fly rod. Looking forward to more bluegill post. thanks for sharing

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    1. dont worry, there will be plenty of bluegill posts ahead, i hope to one day reach your level

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  5. Nice work on the panfish. Looks like the perfect day.

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    1. perfect is the right word, thanks Savage

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  6. Well, needless to say, I have been away from your blog too long. Hope I am still welcome here. I just want to applaud you and your daughter for stalking the Bluegills and Crappie. She will love fly fishing it appears and she can look back and remember Dad fishing with her and those wonderful, pugnacious Bluegill. BTW, I am now stalking the ponds of Northern Colorado and love fishing for warm water fish.

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    1. great to re-connect

      looking forward to exchanging some good dialog here in the future

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  7. Looks like she's got it all figured out! Looking forward to reading about future panfish adventures!

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  8. Congrats to your daughter brother, thats really something to be proud of, and even better a rich heritage to pass onto her. Really happy for you.

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    1. thanks Atlas, great memories for the both of us

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  9. Nice read, look forward to reading about more of you guys adventures on the water!

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