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Will be fishing near Grand Rapids for the first time on a fly rod for panfish. Please give me you flys and sizes for these critters. I have never done this before. Thanks for your replies fellas

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For flies, take your pic, I've had luck on a lot of different stuff. I love fishing pannies with poppers during the spawn. Wooly worms are great pannie getters too. I'd invest in a few clouser's as well if you can find 'em. They sink nice and can get down to some of those bigger 'gills.

Three good ones...


Wooly Worm


It all depends on when you'll get out the most and where the fish'll be at that time. Flies are spendy, so you may want to target a specific time of year you'll fish the most and target the flies that'll work best for that time of year. Ex. Spawn, Post-Spawn, Mid-Summer, etc...

During the spawn I almost always throw poppers or dry flies like an adam's .

Post spawn is where I start using clouser minnows and slower falling wet flies like a mosquito .

Mid-Summer and into Fall you're going to want something that'll fall a little quicker like a beaded nymph. I've had good luck on lightning bugs and orange beaded hare's ear nymphs .

Pick up a couple of each of those and you're good to go for all seasons! Welcome to the addicting world...

These are all Taken from Matt Breuer's post on the other thread for "just getting into fly fishing."

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See the looong conversation going on with "Poutpro: Getting into fly fishing". He is a gentlemen getting started with fly fishing on panfish. Lots of good advice there.

the previous post has good recommendations, and

Also according to the book

Wilson, Terry and Roxanne (1999) fishing and flys.

spider type with rubber legs 10 or smaller black white, green, yellow, brown, etc.

common dry flys 10 to 16 Adams, black gnat, renegade, etc.

wooley worms 6 or smaller, black, white, green, yellow

common nymphs 10 or smaller, hares ear, prince, scuds


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Foam body poppers or beetle type stuff with rubber legs. I tie a pattern that's black and yellow foam based on a pattern called It's-A-Bug. I like to attach a nymph behind my dry and double my potential. Adams are good choices with high visibility and high floatation. Caddis are also a good choice since most lakes have quite an abundance of them, usually nice and big flies for the most part.

I have also put the polaroids on and hit the shallows where they were on the spawn and dumped nymphs in the vicinity of their beds. I'm not much for keeping fish, but to see their mood and reaction to a variety of patterns is interesting.

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There are a lot of different flies\techniques for panfish. I do real well on a fly called crappie candy. You can get the pattern (and a ton more) at faol dot com.

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