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.