Fishing curly tail jigs under bobbers has long been a technique utilized by crappie spin fisherman. The same technique is equally productive when targeting these fish with a fly rod, especially when fish are finicky and will not bite a stripped in fly. There are two ways in which to mimic this technique when fly fishing for crappie.
Early in the season, we will rig up our rods as if we were nymphing for trout. A strike indicator is placed on the leader anywhere from 18” to 48” up from the … Read More »
From speaking with Lefty Kreh at the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival this year, I was given several good pointers on fly fishing for crappie. One, in particular, I found extremely effective, both in my fly fishing for them and traditional crappie fishing.
When the fish are difficult to pattern and you luck upon a school of crappie, it is essential to stay with the school as they move to consistently catch fish. The way Lefty has done it over the years is extremely simple. Take a balloon, a size … Read More »
The sea at night looks like candy. The surface rolls but does not ripple, a gentle curve bounces back the moon. The docks at night are bright and attractive, so we go there and find some small fish to work hard for. Certain flies get more attention than others, certain lights are more productive than others, and then we move on. Earlier that evening before the sun set, we floated through grass with a quick tide. We found fish but they were mysteries to us, unidentified tailers on an oyster … Read More »
Much like the department itself, Green Top’s initial involvement with the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival was greeted with skepticism. Gabe and I left the store Friday morning with half of the department jammed into an SUV. Mimicking the fly fishing department, we stuffed it all into an 8×8 booth, a space far too small. It is amazing what one can do with a couple sheets of pegboard and a bundle of zip ties.
Friday was a long day. Like most shows Green Top does, we were the first people there. … Read More »