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Went out today for about 5hrs to try my new 4wt. I tried a new small lake that I heard about last year but have never fished. I was surprised to see bluegill in the shallows when I arrived. Caught one after another on a small soft hackle. Some of the larger ones might have been 6-7". Moved on and caught a few small yellow perch, small bass and 4 or 5 crappie on small deceiver like streamers. The biggest crappie was close to 10". Lost a few bigger crappie including one that I saw that was probably in the 14-15" range. I really need to figure out a fly/approach that will keep the bigger ones on. Lost some monsters last year also. Crappie were up against the rocks and were not very aggressive yet.

I have to say that ice fishing is over for me when bluegill are hitting dry flies in the shallows. Caught a few on small march browns on my way out.
 

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Thanks. The ones landed were nothing special, but it was nice to get some time on the fly rod.



 

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I was out there today, some decent gills to be had.
 

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NICE JOB!
It will all be soft water soon:smile:
 

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Crappie seem to like hot weather...at least that has been my experience. Bluegill have been active recently for me, with anything that hits the water, and they like a slow retrieve. Sounds like you have them figured out though. Nice to get the fly rods back in action...
 

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What size streamers are you using? I tie sz12, trim material to about 1 1/2 long...bigger hook seems to help me keep em on. Just a suggestion
 
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