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jworks
02-23-2006, 11:55 AM
I would like to tie some flies and try flyfishing for crappie. I have made my own for bass and bream but not sure what to do for crappie. Spring is right around the corner. Can someone offer suggestions? You can email me straight at jcworks@bellsouth.net. Sometimes at night I am also on Yahoo IM, online ID is jiminal1851

freeflow_23
02-23-2006, 12:00 PM
If there are any pics available, I'd like to see them as well.
Please post on the thread.

rockjawjohnny
02-23-2006, 12:59 PM
Tie some on plain hooks that look just like a crappie jig without the lead head. I have made some and used them with great success.

lee s.
02-23-2006, 01:07 PM
For bug immi's, we usually tye and toss something like these:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/leesoares/Lisastrip021.jpg
and
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/leesoares/CIMG0491.jpg
For minnow immi's:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/leesoares/CIMG0457.jpg
and
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/leesoares/CIMG0380.jpg
or
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v315/leesoares/CIMG0522.jpg
......lee s. ;)

deathb4disco
02-23-2006, 01:17 PM
A Clouser Minnow would be great, particularly chartreuse over white.

Go here:

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/

and do a keyword search for "clouser". They (FAOL) have excellent tying instructions for clousers and a bunch of other flies.

You can also check out the "Panfish" section under "Features". In the archives, there is a list of good crappie flies called "Rick's Favorite Crappie Flies".

Flyrod Man
02-23-2006, 01:43 PM
Clouser minnows as said b4 are great. I also us bead heads, wooley buggers with krystakl flash and trim off the body hackle - looks more like a minnow when giving the line a "twitch" on retreive w/o the body hackle.

Moose1am
02-23-2006, 02:14 PM
Short Answer. Match the Hatch.

I have this theory on what fish eat. I think that they will try anything that looks alive until they learn that it's not good to eat. In other words they learn what's good and what's not good to eat as they get older. A crappie that catches a drowning bumblebee and get's stung may shy away from black and yellow patterns after that day. But if they catch a may fly and eat it and it taste good and puts up no resistance then mayflies will always be on the menu when they are available.

Check out the lake bottom someday. You may find all kinds of tiny critters living in the muck or under the rocks. Mayfly larve, cadisfly larve and a few other aquatic insects live in between the rocks, burrow in the mud or cling to the submergent vegetation. I would try to get flies that imigate those small critters especially at the time of year when there is abundance of any of these critters.

Early June around my house I get a lot of yellow mayflies hatching. There is a small pond nearby and I suspect that they hatch out of the water and come to my porch lights.

I would think that there are scuds swimming in the lakes around North America. They may hide in an among the aquatic vegetations. Eurasian Millfoil is taking over the lakes I fish. It supports lots of little critters.

I don't tie flies but would love to learn how to do that some day. I have a very good old book from George Leonard Herter called "Professional Fly Tying, Spinning Tackle Making".

I would think that any fly that looks and acts (swims) like the minnows in your waters may work.

I am going to try to fly fish for some crappie this year.

I caught a nice 1.5lb White crappie on my fly rod back in 2002 but I used a jig and bobber with the fly rod that day. A 1.5lb 16" long White crappie puts up a good tussle on the ole fly rod.




I would like to tie some flies and try flyfishing for crappie. I have made my own for bass and bream but not sure what to do for crappie. Spring is right around the corner. Can someone offer suggestions? You can email me straight at jcworks@bellsouth.net. Sometimes at night I am also on Yahoo IM, online ID is jiminal1851

Roberta
02-23-2006, 03:16 PM
A Copper John is a popular fly in this area.

Boscoe
02-23-2006, 06:39 PM
http://www.flytyingforum.com/
They have search by species, lot of good step by step for tying.

dixieangler
02-23-2006, 07:56 PM
Try this thread link from FAOL:

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/bb/Forum5/HTML/005524.html

ubang2
02-23-2006, 08:31 PM
We use a Shenks Streamer around here and it catches them good plus it is super easy to tie so you don`t cry everytime you lose one. Look up the recipe on the web and solid white is my favorite color.

Flyrod Man
02-23-2006, 09:12 PM
Moose1am, you are correct in matching the hatch; I only fly fish (all types of fish) and knowing your "bugs" will tell you what they are eating. Here in N/WI. we have fresh water shrimp (scuds) in some lakes and there is a lake nearby that I fish a size 14 Bd/Hd Hot Pink shrimp after ice out and the crappie go nuts over it. They take it on the sink, line will just shoot out of the rod. I will often come off the water w/fish when others say it's slow! I maintain "flies" will always out produce if you know how to fly fish, depth doesn't make any difference with a fly rod if you rig correctly. I never fish beds-boring-and catch fish with my fly rods at any depth if you properly rig for the deeper water - sink tip line etc.