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Favorite Panfish Flies: Part One: Streamers

Part one of Noah’s three-part series on panfish flies.

Small panfish will take almost every thing that moves and is colorful, but if you want to catch slabs consistently you have to fish flies that are designed for panfish. Big panfish eat meat, and streamers are a great way to catch slabs consistently. These five patterns are all fantastic streamers for panfish, producing in every environment. They are also pretty quick and easy to tie. They are overall great flies. Enjoy!

Pink Punch

If I had to pick one fly for my panfish box this would definitely be the one. I created this great warmwater fly in August of 2012 and have fished it in small streams,  lakes, and quarries.  Fishing for greenies, sunnies, ‘gills, crappie, and perch, I’ve never found a spot where it would not produce. Here’s the recipe:

Thread: Pink or Black 6/o
Hook: # 12
Bead: Silver Conehead
Tail: Pink Marabou or pseudo marabou
Body: Fluorescent Hot Pink UV Ice Dub
Collar/veil: Fluorescent Hot Pink UV Ice Dub (touch dub it to get a nice scruffy collar)
noah's favorite streamer for big panfish

Pink Punch

Nice crappie that slammed the Punch

This is a great fly and my absolute favorite to fish.

 

Noah’s Minnow

The Noah’s Minnow is a great fly for panfish, bass, and even trout, and definitely one of my favorites. It is especially good for wary fish in clear water.

Thread: Any color of 6/o
Hook: # 12
Eyes: Black or silver bead chain
Tail: Marabou, crystal flash (opt.)
Body: Wrapped marabou same color as tail

Olive with some Krystal Flash in the tail. This is also a great little streamer for trout (Conner caught his biggest brookie on one of these, a fourteen incher in northern MN).

 
 

Flash Bugger

The flash bugger is a good fly for aggressive panfish, and in stained water conditions. You can tie them in many different colors to match your fishing conditions.

Hook: #12
Thread: 6/0 any color
Bead: 1/8″ copper
Tail: 1 generous plume of marabou (any color)
Body: Eztaz (any color)
 

My favorite Flash Buggers

 DNA Mini Clouser

The DNA Mini Clouser is a great fly for big bull bluegills, and especially crappies. Big panfish eat meat, and the profile and shine of the DNA Frosty Fish Fiber looks almost exactly like a small minnow. They’ve got cool transparency and look really nice in the water.

Thread: Black 6/o UNI
Hook: #8-12 wet fly
Eyes: Black or silver bead chain
Over wing: Chartreuse DNA Frosty Fish Fiber, tied on bottom of shank
Under wing: White DNA Frosty Fish Fiber, tied on top of shank
 
 

These are all great flies for panfish, and quick and easy to tie.

Redear(?) that slammed a #4 Meat Whistle tied on a saltwater hook! Slab panfish want meat, and streamers are a great way to consistently hook the big ones.

Tight Lines,

Noah

 

Noah’s Minnow

The Noah’s minnow will catch largemouth bass, huge sunfish, perch, crappie, and trout. You can either fish it by doing three strips and a pause, one long strip and a pause, or just strip it in. Overall this fly is a great addition to anyone’s trout, bass, or panfish box.

Hook: 6-12 wet
Tail: Marabou
Body: The rest of the marabou plume from the tail, wrapped to form a body
Eyes: Black bead chain or dumbell

Step 1

1.First tie in your thread and wrap it to the end of the hook shank.

Step 2

2. Then measure your marabou the size of the hook shank and tie it in.

Step 3

3.Next take the marabou plume from the tail and wrap it 3/4 of the way up and tie it down. Clip the excess.

Step 4

4. Finally tie in bead chain or dumbell eyes, whip finish, clip, and catch some fish.

Tight Wraps,

Noah

How to Tie the Flash Bugger

The flash bugger is a killer fly for panfish, bass, and smaller pike. It is really easy to tie and extremely productive given the right conditions.
 
Hook: #12+
Thread: 6/0 any color
Bead: 1/8″ copper
Tail: 1 generous plume of marabou (any color)
Body: Eztaz (any color)

Step 1

 
 

1. Place the bead on the hook, and tie in your thread at the rear end of the hook shank.

Step 2

2. Measure the marabou about the size of the hook shank, and tie it in.

Step 3

3. Bring the thread back to the tail. Strip the fibers from one end of the Estaz and tie it in.

Step 4

4. Wrap it up to the bead and tie it off.

Step 5

5.Whip, clip, and there you have it. A killer fish catching Flash Bugger.

You can tie them in a variety of colors. My favorite colors are cotton candy(blue/pink), and watermelon(green/pink). They work best if you let them sink for a few seconds before you start stripping. Strip in short, brisk jerks. My favorite sequence is jerk-jerk-jerk-pause (repeat).

My favorite Flash Buggers

My favorite Flash Buggers

A nice bass I caught on a Flash Bugger

Tight Lines,

Braden

 

 

 
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