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On 12/23/2017 at 1:36 PM, mcgreg said:

Have had very good success with this fly, known as a "maybee" fly. It is a slow sinker and works well in and around gill beds and the weed beds out in front of bedding areas. I grabbed a very small mayfly and laid it next to the maybee, then realized what it was named after! I think anyhow. Looking around in fly shops, you can find many variants of these. Good luck!


its been my experience tying and fishing flies for many years that exagerated or more visual segmentation in the abdomen area in flies seems to help with more strikes . but i may be crazy


this fly looks like it will work. I tie a similar soft hackle midge pattern using moose mane for segmentation and it is a killer pattern for bream, bass, pressured  trout, steelhead

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I use a fly that was originated by the Story guys at Feathercraft in St. Louis.  Its a lightly hackled wolly bugger of sorts called a crackle back.  You can dress it and fish it dry or get it wet and slide it below the surface or, tie it with the weight bead head for the depth you need.  I have taken some big blue gills working the beds and free casting on still water.  I also have done well with very small Clouser type stuff tied on 14-18 hooks.  It takes a bit of work to tie but they do work 


Our gills on farm ponds around here really like yellow stuff, yellow Sally's etc especially in the evening about an hour before sunset..... as we say, about the time the bats show up.  They are feeding on yellow may fly hatches and action can be fanatic...

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Gartside sparrows have become my go to panfish fly. They can be tied with a beadhead when the fish are deeper or weightless so it just barely goes under the surface. They look like anything from a minnow to a dragonfly nymph depending on how fast and deep it's fished. It can be surprising how many bass will hit these even in small sizes.



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