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 Post subject: Topwater Bluegill Fly--Tutorial
PostPosted: April 19th, 2008, 8:30 pm 
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Topwater Bluegill Fly--Modified slightly from the John Adam's design

Bream fishing is a ton of fun, especially in the spring. During the month of April, you will probably find me in the evening heading to the local pond casting to these “land locked” hard fighting fish. They’re pretty tough on flies. I have found that this fly is easy to tie, durable and best yet, the panfish and bass really like it! Fish it as you would any topwater fly. However, for bedding bluegills, if you just let it sit for a while and twitch now and then, its killer. I feel that you can tie this fly in many different colors and don’t need to use the exact same colors that I have chosen below. You will find that this fly is very similar to a “gurgler”.

Hook: Your choice of freshwater hook, for this I use a #8 Dry fly hook
Thread: Denier 210, Brown
Tail: Yellow Rabbit fur clipped from the skin
Legs: Sili Legs, Barred clear/pearl
Body: Green 2mm Craft Foam and Krystal Flash Chenille in Brown

Start the thread on the hook near the bend as below:

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Clip the tuft of rabbit fur from the skin and tie it onto the top of the bend of the hook.

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Tie in 2 sili legs on each side of the rabbit fur. I do this by taking a 4 inch leg and cutting in half. Use these 2, 2 inch sections to tie onto each side of the fly. (You can tie in as many legs as you like).

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Clip out a section of foam as shown in the picture below. The length of the foam should be at least double to length of the hook shank.

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Tie the foam onto the hook as shown and keep the thread near the bend of the hook to tie in the chenille.

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Tie in the chenille and wrap the thread forward toward the eye.

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Wrap the chenille forward toward the eye. Note how I pull the chenille back with my left hand as I wind it forward with my right……kind of like palmering a feather.

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When I get the chenille to the desired spot behind the eye, I tie it off and clip it. The only thing left is to lay the foam forward to create the “shell back” and lip.

Whip finish and you’re done!

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Tight lines…..

Bart


 
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 Post subject: Re: Topwater Bluegill Fly--Tutorial
PostPosted: April 24th, 2008, 8:15 am 
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NICE Job Bart! Your the best! Very similar tied like my Mutant Gurgler. When you going to go big time.... Mr. Green

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 Post subject: Re: Topwater Bluegill Fly--Tutorial
PostPosted: November 19th, 2008, 12:12 pm 
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bartman,

why choose the curved hook ?

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 Post subject: Re: Topwater Bluegill Fly--Tutorial
PostPosted: November 21st, 2008, 7:45 am 
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LoTide wrote:
bartman,

why choose the curved hook ?


Brad....shank is strait but the eye is bent......I chose a standard dry fly hook that I had laying around. It really dosen't matter what hook you use, just make sure the shank is long enough so that you have a place to get a hold on the fly when the bream suck it in! They take it in pretty deep.....great reason to pinch the barb.

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 Post subject: Re: Topwater Bluegill Fly--Tutorial
PostPosted: November 23rd, 2008, 10:59 am 
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Bartman,

Sorry, the curved hook question was meant for the "San Juan Earthworm" tutorial.

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 Post subject: Re: Topwater Bluegill Fly--Tutorial
PostPosted: November 24th, 2008, 10:41 am 
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LoTide wrote:
Bartman,

Sorry, the curved hook question was meant for the "San Juan Earthworm" tutorial.


I don't think that the fish will mind; however, I used a curved "nymph" hook because I have never seen a "strait" worm---that is, they always have some sort of bend in them.

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