Not only is fishing for bass and panfish one of the finest ways to fly fish but coming up with new flies makes the experience complete. We all have tried and true flies that we love to fish and consistently produce fish. However, when we know we have an ace in our back pocket we just have to try something new. It is this drive that gets our cognitive wheels turning. We sit down at the tying vise come up with a pattern and then hit the water with it. We see what worked or didn't and refine the pattern. Eventually, we tweak the pattern to where it becomes one of our "tried and true" patterns. Then we start all over again.
Jr. has to be one of the most prolific fly tiers I know. He is always coming up with something new and likes to focus on warmwater flies. He has two new patterns that he is having lots of fun fishing this summer; The Pill Popper and The Micro-Mini Frog. I will be heading out this Friday with Jr. to fish some of these flies and will have more photos of these flies in action. I might even scrape out some time for some video of the action of these flies. Regardless of how we do this Friday, we have plans to record these flies in the next week and will soon have some tying videos for everyone.
This time both Jr. and Cecil hit the water for some topwater action. Heading out to one of Jr.s favorite spots, early in the morning, the action started long before the sun was up with some topwater Crappie. This was caught on one of Jr.s [in development] floating frog patterns. As the sun came up and all through the morning hours they ended up boating over 40 bass as well as Crappie and bluegill. All on topwater. Now that is great Indiana summer fishing.
Believe it or not, you can catch Crappie on topwater flies. After 35 years of dropping flies on Indiana warmwaters I was lucky enough last summer to experience some topwater Crappie action on the West Fork of the White River. Throwing bugs I have thrown a thousand times around the same logs and for some reason the Crappie decided they wanted it.
Jr. had a similar experience recently fishing a favorite lake he frequent (which can not be named). He was throwing a mini version of his swimming frog and started catching a bunch of crappie on the surface. However, he did have to suffer through catching some Largemouth Bass and bluegill on this new productive pattern as well. We'll have to get a video on the site soon on tying this pattern. In the meantime, your topwater flies aren't just for bass.
Boy, I needed a good laugh this morning. Professional Fly Fishing Guide Hank Patterns never lets you down with his keen wit and in depth analysis.