The dark green nymph was the fly of the day

Heading out to the lake early in the day and hiking in before the heat set in to do a little flyfishing, the dark green nymph was the fly of the day. While I did catch a few panfish on a dark green woolly worm, the action wasn’t nearly as active, nor the strikes as hard, as it was in the dark green nymph. I tried a variety of other things, but the fish didn’t seem interested in much of anything else.

As I travel along the banks were, and waited in and out of the water, I tried to take some pictures of some of the critters I saw on the shore to get some ideas as to what might or might not work. Here are a few photos of the animals and insects I found onshore that had the potential to be fish food and give some inspiration as to what the fish might be eating in the local area.

As a matter of fact, the dark green nymph was so popular that I managed to catch a catfish on a very aggressive strike, which doesn’t happen to me very often. The fact that I was catching fish that one would not normally expect to catch on the fly, tends to indicate that I was using the right type of fly and that they were plentiful enough to attract other varieties of fish to feed.

Popular Panfish Flies

Bluegills are actually a small member of the panfish family that also consists of black crappie, pumpkin seeds, as well as yellow perch. It is a fact that Bluegills are not the largest or most glamorous types of fish to catch using fly rods. However, you nevertheless need to learn the fundamentals which will include studying the equipment, understanding the nature of the water, casting, the presentation, as well as the selection of flies. Moreover, with so many bluegills found in the lakes and ponds scattered all over the country, it will be an enjoyable pastime to indulge in catching bluegills in addition to other types of panfish.

In case you like to catch these fish on a fly rod, we have mentioned the most popular panfish flies as well as bluefish flies obtainable on the market in 2019.

1. Triangle Bug

It is a fact that everyone likes to catch fish on a fly rod at present and, this triangle bug will provide you with the opportunity of doing that flawlessly. It is going to sit low on the water surface and is appropriate for the shallow water situations which make big bluegills rather spooky. The fly is going to land softly and will not spook the fish whatsoever while the long legs which are made from rubber can appear to be rather irresistible. The most significant feature about this particular fly happens to be its design. The unique triangular-shaped fly will also prevent any bluegill featuring a smallmouth from swallowing it quite deeply.

2. Poppers

I always have a number of small poppers in my tackle for those days when the surface action is plentiful. Poppers have of over the years netted me server bass and crappy as well as some rather large panfish. The noise made by poppers on the surface attracts the fish out from undercover to investigate.

3. Soft Hackles

A subsurface fly which is presented properly will be able to provide you with much entertainment while you are watching a large bluegill grabbing a fly from the surface. Similar to any other fish out there, a Bluegill will be doing most of its feeding while it is under the water surface. It is possible to fish a soft hackle fly all through the year without any problem at all. You can easily mimic virtually everything that is consumed by the bluegill simply by pairing the color and the size of the fly.

4. Mop Dragon

You’ll come across dragonflies everywhere you fish nowadays, so, the Mop Dragon nymph will be welcome almost every where by the fish. A dragonfly will prove to be a better meal than the damselfly for a large fish and there using a slightly larger hook will give your Mop Dragon the appearance of being a better meal. the Mop Dragon nymph mimics a dragonfly nymph and will help you to catch larger panfish.

5. Damselfly Nymph

You will find damselfly nymphs almost on every river or pond where you will be fishing out there. These types of insects happen to be a delicious mouthful for the bluegills in particular. Although you’ll come across various types of damselfly nymphs at present, this green-eyed nymph will not disappoint you after all. In case you’re given a choice, then you should go for this one.

6. Woolly Worm

The woolly (wooly) worm is a classic pattern and it has been around for a long time. The woolly (wooly) worm will catch bluegills throughout the day, and the hardest part will be to make a decision regarding what color to go for and the panfish color of choice will change based on the season and watercolor and lighting.

7. James Wood Bucktail

The James Wood Bucktail fly happens to be a smallmouth bass pattern. The James Wood Bucktail fly mimics a baby sunfish. Although it does not appear like a sunfish by any means, it will make the fish think differently. It comes with a fantastic large bluegill pattern and is able to catch on perch, crappie, pickerel, and bass. The James Wood Bucktail fly comes with an effective style which can be tied with other color combos so as to mimic immature crappie, pumpkinseeds, pickerel, and bass.

8. The Bream Killer

It has been a long time since the original Bream (Brim) Killer was introduced on the market. The Bream Killer is that it is quite versatile and weighted to produce a gradual sinking pattern which no bluegill will be able to resist.

9. Wiggler Nymph

The Wiggler Nymph has a popular classic design which is a fantastic option for any fisherman when the fish is holding somewhat deeper and a fly will be required to reach them. It is suggested to tie this particular pattern using a weighted underbody to get the fly deep quickly.

10. Foam Spider

The awesome Foam Spider is available in gray, black, or brown color and you can easily use it in areas close to the shoreline vegetation. In fact, it is one of the simplest flies around which you can use for catching bluegills. You simply need to cast the fly out into the areas where the fish are feeding and then allow it to remain there until you receive a strike.


Now you are aware of the most popular panfish flies on the market at present. Your next task will be to learn where you will be able to find bluegill in large numbers while pond fishing throughout the country.