Bluegill
Tied by: Thomas Eachus Fort Collins, US
Thomas Eachus

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

Bluegill

Bill Trublubug
5 years ago

This is a very well executed and thought out imitation. You even added the "ear". Very nice.

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

Thanks I should have just let it be an art piece cuz I tried to get it wet and it just flopped on its side. Wouldn't saturate it was worthless for fishing

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

Funny thing is this was about the 20th fly I ever tied. It was about 1 month after I started fly tying a year ago. Now I do seminars, it's fun man.

Sean Mooney
5 years ago

A fish flopped on its side is a great fly. People have spent many hours trying to make a fly that resembled a dying baitfish.

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

Ya I know but the fly slims way down with the few materials that saturate. It just looks like garbage in the water idk I bet a big bass or pike might look at it but it a lump to cast too even with an 8wt

Bill Trublubug
5 years ago

Thomas, I see your issues but also agree with Sean. I've commented here a number of times about tying sunfish or other minnow patterns horizontally (on their sides by rotating the hook 90 degrees). Have you considered an oval piece of craft foam (2 mm) as an underbody? Still a trial to cast I'm sure but it might float the fly and keep the shape. Barring that, check out the little bluegill fly I posted here a while back. It's a spin off on the Spooky Shad fly you can find the recipe for at Ward Bean's warmwater fishing site. I tie it both vertically and horizontally on the shank. It's a killer.

Bill Trublubug
5 years ago

Try searching "baby bluegill" here to find that little bluegill and see if you want to hunt down the Spooky Shad tying directions.

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

I've tied a bunch of spooky shad patterns. I got about 100 bags of congo hair a few months back and some thinning shears. You can match about any baitfish out there, especially if you throw in some lateral scale and glis n glint. I need to get a copics air brush and all the markers so i can just make a bunch of dubbing brushes in white and paint them w/e color i want. Im going to make my next bluegill in a "game changer" pattern. Ill use a small shank for the tail, medium for the back end, and a BS 10 sz1 or 1/0 for the body and just paint it up i think.

Bill Trublubug
5 years ago

Can't wait to see that one. I agree, you can do any color you want. Do you like the Congo Hair ( my preference) or the EP better?

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

EP is way better in my opinion. A lot more fluid in water. Congo seems stiffer, and colors seem duller. I have just about every color of Congo hair in the book though. I bought a guys complete fly tying stock a couple months ago for $800 worth a few grand, he had a bunch of materials from fly tying dungeon where I think the Congo came from. Might as well use it up. I want to make a bunch of brushes out of them and sell them to some people at a goof price who like them. Solid colors and some mixes. Maybe add some rubber legs to some

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

Im going to try and make a complete foam bluegill tonight that will lay on its side. I'll post it late probably so keep an eye out tomorow.

Bill Trublubug
5 years ago

Will do.

Thomas Eachus
5 years ago

Wife and kids got back in town I'll have to do the fly tomorrow.

Sean Mooney
5 years ago

Have you written down the pattern? I would love to make one.

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