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Old 10-19-2005, 11:03 AM
fishhead fishhead is offline
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NEW personal best LM Bass on NEW fly!

Lately i've had a spate of enjoyable bluegill fishing being interupted by some greedy Bass smashing my fish and this resulted in me taking the battle to the Bass. I managed to crane lift one greedy bass with a bluegill in its mouth onto the bank for a phot-op and release. But that's not REALLY flyfishing to me. So.......after thinking up a bluegill imitation fly, I tied something vaguely resembling a panfish from peacock sword feather tips and some other add ons. At first it was kinda on the HUGE-4-inches-long side so I shortened it a tad. Once again I'm casting spiders to the gills and Mr. Monster Bass smashes my 6 inch gill with fervor. Only this time, I'm READY! On the first bluegill caught I quickly get him to hand and release it ten yards down the bank from the Bass attack. Then I switch flies and cast it only to realize that I had yet to add weight to it or even wet it so it's just sitting there on the pond surface like a newly fallen dry leaf, not looking very fish at all. I pulled it in and splashed it on the water surface a few times to soak it and cast it again where the attack occured. WHAM! the big bass strikes and spits the fly. ZING! goes my adrenaline levels at this point and I hurriedly cast again and pay more attention to the fly action which is just below the surface and looking good. I give it some herky-jerky strips and it darts and wobbles and then I pause. The fly is made of two right side feathers so it is screwing and twisting in the water which puts a twist in the leader and tippet. I see the bonus results when I pause the fly because it is unwinding like a rubber band wound propellor though quite slowly and hopefully seductively to the bass. Sure enough ....WHAM! ... FISH ON!...I've got a fight on my hands now and the line on the bank at my feet quickly zips through my fingers and the fish is on the reel. What a bulldog on my line! It only lasted another minute or so and VOILA! my new personal best Largemouth Bass and one big smile. I did not weigh it but guess between 5 and 7 pounds. The peacock Bluegill imitator fly is a resounding success. Now I just wonder how long before I turn in my notice to my employer as I've created a fly that will make me rich........hmmm.....probably better not quit the day job just yet. lol! Guess I just needed to share some newbie enthusiasm. Now you can see my cheapie fly rig, too. The twice snapped and repaired SA 5 wt with matching graphite SA reel. Gonna go shoppin' for some rods and reels! And tie some more Peacock Bluegill Imitators! Enjoy the pix! I'll put the fly recipe onhere soon in the Warmwater Flies section.

The Bluegill Imitator all squished up...

One happy Fishhead and one NOT so happy fishhead.....

Mr Bucketmouth and me, Steve

and the release....

Last edited by fishhead; 10-19-2005 at 12:49 PM.
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