Bluegill really aren't that fussy when it comes to flies, however, there are some flies that they just can't refuse. One of these is the inch worm, especially in early spring. If you see these green devils dropping out of the trees on your home water, get out what some call the green weenie and whip it in the water. When fishing with inch worm imitations, you can even plop them on and off the surface, right on top of bluegill to get them really worked up, because real inch worms hop on and off the water when they are blowing around in the wind on their silk. Oh yeah, when it is extremely windy, and there are moths, inch worms, and ants, getting blown all over god's green earth, get on the water and get ready for top water heaven with flies.

Bluegill, especially, will throw caution to the wind when there is windy chop on the water and insects blowing in like mad. Any ant imitation will do well, but don't go too small, because bluegill really have a strong suck off the surface, and they will take a size 26 ant right into the back of their throat. Keep the sizes around 18 for the ants, depending on how big the gills are that you're catching.

Micro streamers, small muddlers minnows, and micky finns work very well for bluegill in sizes 10,12,14, and 16. Woolly buggers in the same sizes always get bluegill worked up. In deeper waters use some sinking line to get down to the bigger fish laying just off a shallow flat.

Dry fly fishing for bluegills is often quite amazing, as there really needs to be no hatch at all for bluegills to attack something on the surface. Try a Royal coachman as a generic dry in sizes 12,14, and 16. If there are white moths in your area, a light cahill will do the trick in a size 12 or 14. Chernobol ants, crickets, and grasshoppers work well too, but stay with the smaller sizes because sometimes these flies are over tied with way too much material: some people like to make them like an abrams tank and the bluegills have quite a time trying to get their jaws around it.

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