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HOOKED
03-03-2006, 01:32 PM
Just wanted to see how many people on here use a fly rod in some way to fish for crappie (jigging, casting, etc.). If you use one did you make any modifications to it? I have thought about getting one, but wasn't sure how I'd like the reel at the end of the pole. Other that that, it looks to be ideal. I saw the 8.5 ft version at WM for around $19 made out of a grahpite composite. Felt light and sensitive.

barrelslime
03-03-2006, 01:55 PM
Ive used fly rods for a long time. Not much diff from a jig pole. I just used my fly reel or you can use a small spincast reel. Jig poles have a little more stiffness, but my fly rod has landed many crappie.

dixieangler
03-03-2006, 02:07 PM
Check out this FAOL link on Speck flies:

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

Pay close attention to the Crappie Candy and Cypert's Minnow fly patterns :D. Cypert's Minnows on a 90 degree bent hook below a VOSI might just be the ticket :).

VOSI link (note:Specks to these LA guys are Speckled Sea Trout, not Speckled Perch):
http://laflyfish.com/flies/vosi.php

Its really personal preference but I use a 2-piece 8 foot EagleClaw Featherlight fiberglass 7wt. for all-around warmwater but I am on the lookout for an 8 foot fiberglass 4wt. to use mainly for bream and Specks. Graphites are fine. I have a 7.5 foot 7wt. Browning that I can use if I need more distance (spooky fish) but since I usually don't need the greater distance, the glass rods work just fine for great accuracy. I would pick a fly rod that felt good to me in my hands and casts well for me before I bought it. I like Scientific Anglers Concept Single Action reels. Your mileage may vary :). The first fly rod I owned was a graphite/glass composite and I got the best of both worlds, distance and accuracy.

CrappiePappy
03-03-2006, 05:26 PM
Just wanted to see how many people on here use a fly rod in some way to fish for crappie (jigging, casting, etc.). If you use one did you make any modifications to it? I have thought about getting one, but wasn't sure how I'd like the reel at the end of the pole. Other that that, it looks to be ideal. I saw the 8.5 ft version at WM for around $19 made out of a grahpite composite. Felt light and sensitive.


I've got two fly rods/automatic fly reels .. that are hand-me-downs from my Crappie fishing Mentor - my late Grandfather. The reels are put away, but the rods have been used quite often. I use them to fish minnow/float rigs, either drifting - dipping - still fishing. One has a med sized Daiwa spinning reel attached to the end reel seat - the other has a Abu Garcia 2500C baitcast reel taped to the cork handle. I don't have/use rod holders, so I just lay them on the deck. The heavy reels help keep them in the boat ;)
They aren't anything "special", $$ value wise ... just a couple of 8ft "off the shelf" rods. But, sentimental value wise, they're priceless. I keep his memory alive, in my mind, by using them ... and catching fish with them !! I couldn't even begin to guess how many Crappie these rods have put in the boat, in their lifetimes :D
And since I do still have the auto fly reels, and they are still functional ... if I ever wanted to resort to a little fly fishing, I'm good to go.
I never saw my Grandfather actually "fly fish" with them. He always used them to tightline with .... fly line and all :eek: It used to drive me up the wall, to watch him get a bite on one of them .... and wait for the rod tip to get pulled under the water's surface, before setting the hook :D ... especially since he always told ME to set the hook at the first sign of the rod tip going down ... LOL!! Of course, I was using 6ft med action spincast outfits ... so his reasoning/advice was sound - I just didn't "get it" at the time (I was pre-teen, at that time :rolleyes: ). ........ luck2ya ... cp :cool:

MBH300
03-03-2006, 07:07 PM
I Use A Orvis 3 Wt & Love It.
This Is The First Good Quality Fly Rod I Ever Bought But As For Balance & Casting A Light Rod. There Is A Difference.

fish_detective
03-03-2006, 07:35 PM
I love to fly fish for crappies.... One thing HOOKED, on a fly rod you get what you pay for.. Good luck and give it a try...

Fish Detective

trigger99
03-03-2006, 08:03 PM
ive got a couple of fly rodes with daiwa spincast reels atached to them that have put a great number of crappie in the boat. i like them for jigging and cork fishin a minnow

fish_detective
03-03-2006, 08:31 PM
trigger99, you are so right I have a couple also set up this way. You can find these at yard sales next to nothing. Happy Fishing

Fish Detective

dixieangler
03-03-2006, 09:06 PM
I actually have that 7.5 foot 7wt. Browning graphite fly rod rigged up with a little Diawa spincast reel on it with mono line right now for the time being. It is an excellent jig rig. Downside is that being so long it doesn't work too good under canal bridges :(. That's why I end up using my short little Diawa ultra light spinning rod most of the time for float (cork) fishing but its not as good for jigging as the long fly rod.

b_a_s_s_101
03-03-2006, 10:15 PM
i have a question, i have a 7.5 foot fly rod, and would i be better off putting a spinning reel on it for crappies??? i am a newbie at this crappie fishing stuff. CoRy

dixieangler
03-03-2006, 10:56 PM
i have a question, i have a 7.5 foot fly rod, and would i be better off putting a spinning reel on it for crappies???

CoRy,

I think you are the only one who can answer that question. Do you want to use the fly rod to flyfish for Specks or use it to jig for Specks? Both work. Your call :). You can swap a fly reel with fly line and a spincast reel with mono and use it for both as another alternative if you want.

labill
03-04-2006, 01:19 AM
Just wanted to see how many people on here use a fly rod in some way to fish for crappie (jigging, casting, etc.). If you use one did you make any modifications to it? I have thought about getting one, but wasn't sure how I'd like the reel at the end of the pole. Other that that, it looks to be ideal. I saw the 8.5 ft version at WM for around $19 made out of a grahpite composite. Felt light and sensitive.

Hey Hooked......I fish with a composite flyrod, a 9 footer. It's my favorite rod for jigging. I think you will find that a reel mounted on the butt of a flyrod keeps the rod from being tip heavy, thereby making for more sensitivity, especially for the soft biters. I have many other rods, but the composite flyrod just seems to be more to my preference. Using 10#/2#diameter "Stealth Spiderwire" makes it even more sensitive. Like the earlier posters said, it's what you like in a rod that makes the difference. Good luck!! :D

b_a_s_s_101
03-04-2006, 12:13 PM
What do you think would be the best for me? I know how to use a fly reel, and i was just trying to get the best way. I am leaning twards a spinning reel and jigging a leadhead off of shore.(i don't have a boat because im 14) i caught several nice crappies about 5-10 feet from shore during the summer in the evenings, and i love to catch crappies. just wondering, if i did fly fish em', what would be the best fly to use??? and how do i fish it, with a small splitshot, or on top?? CoRY

labill
03-04-2006, 07:34 PM
What do you think would be the best for me? I know how to use a fly reel, and i was just trying to get the best way. I am leaning twards a spinning reel and jigging a leadhead off of shore.(i don't have a boat because im 14) i caught several nice crappies about 5-10 feet from shore during the summer in the evenings, and i love to catch crappies. just wondering, if i did fly fish em', what would be the best fly to use??? and how do i fish it, with a small splitshot, or on top?? CoRY

Welcome aboard, bass101. We're always glad to have another member. As to your question, it depends on how you want to use your rig as to which reel would be best for you. If you're vertical jigging exclusively, a fly reel will do what you need. If you're flipping a slip cork or casting, the spinning reel would be the ticket. I prefer a fly reel if I'm wadeing, simply because it's easier to land a fish in shallow water, I can let the line slip as I bring the fish to the net, and won't have to fumble releasing line or having to hand over hand the rod to reach it. When you get down to it, it's still a personal preference. Wish you the best, hope this helps you make your decision. :D

b_a_s_s_101
03-05-2006, 02:24 PM
After that, i am going to go with a spinning reel. it would be easier for me to flip it under docks and around trees. it will be easier for me to cast from shore with a spinning rod. i hope i can catch more crappies, and i cant wait to get out on the lake...shore...CoRy

fish_detective
03-05-2006, 02:28 PM
Good Luck Cory and let us know the outcome...

Fish Detective

GRIZZ
03-05-2006, 05:33 PM
I had a friend who for years only used a flyrod for crappies and he slaughtered them with it. Him and his dad both used them. They cut about 3/4 inch thin teardrop patterns out of white porkrind. Cut a small hole for the hook and they had a bait that never wore out. Great setup for spawning fish with super sensitivity.