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Join Bennett-Watt and learn how to make the Panfish Nymph fishing fly.
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How to Make the Panfish Nymph Fishing Fly Next pattern I’m going to do is what I referred to as a generic nymph pattern, tied in a red and white color with legs. Later in the summer, bluegills will not always stay on the surface. They give pretty well on the spring and early summer. Definitely get those really hot days, they go down a few feet and sometimes as much as 8 or 10 feet. You need to use a sinking tip line, a nymph of some sort to catch them. So in this situation, we’re going to make up a little nymph which is an attractor nymph and it has a sparkly, flashy body with a rubber legs and I found that this red and white color works extremely well and bluegill can be color sensitive as to what colors they seem to like and don’t like. So the first, the thing they want to do is we put in the K4A Jon Veniard grab hook size 12. I’m going to put some sticky back lead over the body to help weight the fly and to assist it of sinking. This sticky back leather is called lead tape also is product like this it’s available at fly shops. You can also get in the golf shop. So you can’t find it in your local fly shops, they use this material to wrap on clubs. So you can pick it up and it cuts very easy with an old pair. Don’t use your good scissors. Use an old pair of scissors and just tie it on or actually wrap it on beginning right at the bend and just wrap it forward kind of overlap it a little bit. I’ll build up the body, right about there, about ¾ at the way up the shank of the hook. Cut it off and fold it over. Now, take some red thread, this is 6/0 Gudebrod in Red and then cover that lead up, bind it down. Spin the bottom to get it flat, thread flat. Wrap it back to the back. Right here I’ve switched over to a standard bobbin from all the right adjustable bobbins because I failed to drill the hole out of the center of the spool. The Gudebrod spools inside diameter of the hole in the center of the spool is slightly smaller than all the other manufacturers and in order for it to fit the right adjustable bobbin, the hole has to be drilled out. So I failed to that but it doesn’t create a problem. I have a standard bobbin here to work just fine. I prefer the adjustable bobbin because it gives a little better tension out of the spool. Now after we get the body covered with red thread, we want to tie on the tail with some type. In this case, I’m using body fur, you can also use Zelon or Darlon will work and if in a pinch you wouldn’t have any of those, you could use some Krystal flash. Just tie that on, wrap it back of the—vice so you could see that right down to the end of the lead, bring this thread back up, cut off the excess so the tail works to be about that long. It’s about the gap of the hook roughly. I’m going to cut just a little bit off of that, it’s a little bit to off right about there, equal to about the gap of the hook. All right now we’ll take, put some more red thread wraps on it. I’m going to use Micro Brite dubbing wire which I’ve already cut a piece here. It’s a little fine wire with a sparkly material, very similar to cactus chenille, crystal chenille etcetera. This comes at about 6 or 8 colors and it’s really an attractive material for this type of suddenly you want to get a sparkle and get the fish’s attention. Just tie that on and wrap it forward and see how those little barbs pick out, stroke them back a little bit as you come forward. With this type of a fly, I would fish it probably with 4X or 5X tippet, 7 ½ foot leader maybe, possibly a little shorter than that in a sink tip line. Generally, I fish bluegill with a four weight, I’m particularly interested in catching the big fish and you’ll notice that all these flies that I’m tying are tried on 10’s, 12’s sometimes 8’s because I don’t want to catch the little fish. I find that the little fish have a difficult time eating a big hook in their mouth. But the big fish do not and the areas where I fish in Ohio and Michigan. Most of the time, we’re chasing bluegills that are somewhere between 7 and 10 inches long. They’re pretty good slabs and pretty wide. They have a big enough mouths that they don’t have any problem taking this type of a fly. Now, we’re going to put some mini, round, rubber legs on it. Spirit River sells this product. They also make a micro which is even a finer leg but this is really a nice little material for these small flies. Just bind it on to the side so it sticks out and then we’ll take another piece on the other side and when this goes, when you pull it through the water, if you’re working it in the water, those little rubber legs will move. They’ll move in and as soon as you quit stripping, they’ll come right back out to the position of the side. Like that trim that off and make that joined length. Check the width channels if they’re exactly the same. Now, I’m going to change threads. So I’m going to quickly do the hand whip finish, switch it over to 8/0 Gudebrod in white because I’m going to use the white dubbing so the head, thorax area actually, cover that up. This is called mice is white. This is also Arizona synthetic peacock dubbing. That’s a really nice dubbing to use. Particularly if you’re one of these people that have a problem dubbing, this is easy to use just pull that dubbing out, so that the fibers are all separated. And you could see how there’s not that much there and what we laid out in the thread, go to wrap and it goes right on. It makes a nice little noodle of thread pair of dubbing. Slide it up take a little bit more, jam for a little pressure on the thread as you’re doing the dubbing. Don’t just let it hang loose. Actually stretch it a little bit and you’ll find that that makes it go on a lot easier. Now one thing I might comment, this is happens to be 8/0 Gudebrod but the Uni 8/0 is the same size and strength and we’ve got the Benecchi 12/0 which is the same size and strength as the Uni 8/0 and then Gudebrod 8/0. Hold it up to the front and the one thing about using this fine thread that you’re going to have to use quite a bit of a build up the head. You’re going to make a head on the fly, here we go and I will do our whip finish and I would recommend if you’re going to this pattern to do it in several colors, comes in peacock, in a root beer color, and a black. And there is your little generic, you notice the sparkle and in the water that really will get their attention. One of the reasons that I eventually came up with this fly is a friend of mine, when we go fishing together, he likes this thin fish with ultra-light fishing rod. About 2-pound or 4-pound test and he uses a little white and red grab, a jig which is like a grab. So I kind of patterned it after that jig and this works just as well in that color combination.