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by T. Allen Wyatt

Report is: Excellent
Surface Temp is about 76
Weedless Poppers, Dragon Fly Patterns, and Baby Batifish patterns

Fly Tying Club returns, first and third Tuesdays at 6pm.  Because of social distancing, seating is limited.

Dawn and Sean Sass with some incredible Michigan Salmon.

Tips of the Week:  Buck bass and Crappie are cruising weedlines.   A fast retrieve on baitfish/streamer patterns may create reaction strikes.  A second cast in the same place may be the key.  We suggest Clouser Deep Minnows-White, Sexy Shad, Baby Bluegill and Chartreuse are good colors.  Weedless poppers will be productive in grass and lilies.  Use a heavy leader and a fly w/weedguard to prevent getting hung.   Bluegill will be found, hanging around lily pads.  Small foam spider with rubber legs, trailing a beaded pheasant tail or rainbow warrior-only a slow twitch.  Five minutes of extra slow retrieve is normal for this technique. It is easy fishing that will drive Bluegill nuts. 

Jim Bishop sent pics from an incredible trip.  Love the Brookie.

 Incredible rainbow trout for Karl and Angie Duce.

7 Day Outlook: When the wind settles down, we will find the fish cooperative. It may be some of the most productive fishing of the season, with Crappie (Specs,) Bass, and Bluegill in water that is easily fished with a fly rod.   Pheasant tail nymphs, squirmy worms, and  dragonfly nymphs are perfect for bluegill fishing subsurface. Small foam spiders and dragonfly dries will tempt the bluegill and bass on the surface.  Search for woody structure and canal seawalls to attract fish.  Popper fishing can be very effective at first light.

 Jason Bergwall sent these pics from a recent South Florida Bike Ride[?]

Techniques: Poppers (with rubber legs,) fished slowly during low light conditions, and even during the day under shady over-hang and around docks.  Rubber legged spiders above or Wilson's bully spider below the surface for Bluegill.  Move slow.  They will be next to solid structure like metal sea walls, dock pilings, or knock down cypress.  Fish the moving water as lakes drain the recent tropical rains.  Reaction strikes can be enticed with deep running lousers and EP Baitfish patterns.

AJ Trevino tied an amazing Mini Game Changer, and the Bass like it!

While on the road, Steve Barringer, tied this gurgler with Glow-in-the-dark flash.

We love your fly fishing and tying pics.  Please share at allen@andythornal.com 

Allen Wyatt
Allen Wyatt


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