Thursday, March 19, 2015

Using The Wooly Bugger to Land Bluegill

Today’s quick trip to Smith Lake proved to be a wash for the crappie. It was a good thing I had my fly rod along to salvage the trip. The water temp was a cool 60 degrees warming a little to 62 before the trip ended. The crappie was not the only species to have lockjaw; the bass were in lock down mode as well. There was no action with the Boogle Bug on top so there was only one option left and that was to go down under using the Wooly Bugger.
This was one of the nicest female bluegills I have ever landed on Smith using the cream bugger. I wasn’t using my sink tip line today, which meant I had to let the bass bug line get the bugger down at least 6 feet in the strike zone. I feel I would have landed more bluegills if I had been using the sink tip, but I had to go with the combo I had at hand, which was my 9 ft. 6 weight. Even this nice female gave the 6 weight a workout.

This healthy bull bluegill hit the bugger over a submerged brush pile that was meant to house crappie. I was a little surprised that I didn’t land some crappie using the color bugger, because I felt like I was actually duplicating a small shad with its size and color pattern. The cream was the only color that would produce on this slow day, making me realize that I need to add some more cream buggers to my fly box. I will count both gills today, putting me 47 away from my quest now.

12 comments:

Lester Kish said...

Sixty-two degree water temps already? Warm enough to swim in. Ok, maybe warm enough for the fish. Nice ones for sure. Would be fun on a popper too.

Drew LooknFishy said...

Another good trip. Sorry you didn't find the crappie (slow in my area also) but those were some really nice gills! They are always full of fight!

Howard Levett said...

Woo wee, those are some nice fish Bill. Keep em coming.

Brk Trt said...

Nice fish Bill. It was good you had a backup plan, and it paid off.

I'd give a box of flies to see a sixty degree day. Snow here tonight.

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
No popper action at all even the bass turned away a popper. I landed bass last year here in 57 degree water, to figure. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Drew
Crappie is how to come by on Smith, deep and clear water make it a challenge. Thanks for the commnmet

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
Long way to go to reach 50--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Looks like winter just want quite up your way--thanks for the comment

penbayman said...

Looks like a lot of fun..

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
Find them spawning and it is even more fun on the fly!!! Thanks for the comment


























THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Kind of funny that the wooly bugger catches so many different fish species. Glad you took the chance! Fun fun...

Bill Trussell said...

RD
Yes I agree, now if I could only find the bugger in weedless form. Thanks for the comment