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