Tying Video – Helm’s Panfish Predator

Many moons ago, Skip Morris wrote wonderful book about Tying Foam Flies. In that book he ties a fly he calls the predator.  It is a dragonfly larva presentation and tied in such a manner as to be fished along the bottom of the stream.  Fast forward a number of years and another gentleman by … Read more

Tying Video – The Black Gnat

I first ran across the Black Gnat from Larry Dalhberg’s DVD on Panfish & Bass.  If you enjoy fishing for Panfish and Bass I recommend the DVD it is worth the expense and has some great information in it.  The image will take you to Amazon where you can purchase a copy.  On the DVD … Read more

Tying Video – The Faux Flying Ant

This is the last “panfish” fly in the series I have been doing for the past few weeks.  I use the term panfish loosely because the Faux Flying Ant is a wonderful trout fly (or so I think, we’ll find out).  This fly came into being when a follower asked if I knew of any … Read more

Tying Video – The Gill Getter

This weeks tying video is the Gill Getter.  I have been doing a series of Panfish flies for the past six weeks and the Gill Getter is the second to last fly.  Like many Panfish flies, the Gill Getter has some weight to get it down and rubber legs to attract the fish.  It is … Read more

Tying Video – The Hum Bug

In my last post about the Bully Bluegill Spider I mentioned that way back in the day (the old days of the ’80s and the ’90s) there was not a lot of info on Panfish flies.  Along with the book mentioned in that post there was another fun and interesting book published in 1992 by … Read more

Tying Video – The Bully Bluegill Spider

Back in 1999 Terry & Roxanne Wilson published a wonderful book on Bluegill Fly Fishing & Flies.  For many people in the Midwest the Bluegill, or rather the Panfish (the entire family), is a often targeted fish.  We have lots of warm water around here and there are many fisherman who caught their first ever … Read more

Tying Video – The Bead Head Carrot Nymph

Catching Panfish on the surface is what most people think of when they think of “bluegill” fishing.  Who doesn’t like spending a lazy warm evening around the pond casting rubber spiders or small poppers to hungry fish.  The only problem is the bigger fish tend to stay down deeper during the hotter months.  All fish … Read more

Tying Video – Soft Hackle Brim Bug

In the world of fly tying there are about as many Panfish flies as there are trout dry flies.  More if you include many of the trout dry flies that will also catch panfish.  That said, over the years I have gravitated toward a number of Panfish flies either because they are great at catching … Read more

Tying Video – The Orange Mallard

The Orange Mallard is one of my favorite “quick” flies to tie and fish.  It is basically a wet fly, which are one of my most favorites of flies, but the overall construction is a little more relaxed.  That means I do not have to fret too much about everything being “just so” in the … Read more