Improving on the fly

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    For the Panfish try some top water in low light . Cricket , hopper , spider patterns will usually to the job . Poppers used to work on the Bass for me but that was a while ago . Some of my best panfish days were on a cricket pattern and a cane pole tossing it under overhanging brush . WR
     
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    I like olive and black crystal buggers, as well as black bunny leeches and small green and white Clousers for bass. Panfish like just about anything, I’ve caught them on top using Elk Hair Caddis and small terrestrials like ants and beetles. BTW, there is a Fly Fishing forum on this board, you might get some more/better suggestions there.
     
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    There is a Fly Fishing forum!
     
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    Can't go wrong with a wooly buggar, but my favorite bass fly is the Babyfat Minnow. I've also had luck with San Juan worms, and saturated dry flies that slowly sink.

    Some advice that might help you out as you start out... Use your stripping hand to move the fly rather than your rod tip. This will keep the slack out your line, so you'll be able to feel takes better and not miss sets. It'll also training your stripping hand for endurance, cadence, feel, etc.

    In that same theme, strip in your line when you have a fish on instead of reeling in. Not only is it more fun to hand-fight a fish, but it makes recasting easier and faster. You should only need a reel when you've got a big fish on that you can't strip in.
     
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    I agree with this and it's my standard MO, however, on a recent guided trip, the guide kept admonishing us to "put the fish on the reel." Yes, they were bigger trout, but nothing that couldn't be handled by line stripping most of the time. I'm also noticing more internet videos where the "expert" says to put the fish on the reel. Does anyone know were this is coming from? It seems like a recent trend.

    Of course, if a fish is big enough to take all your slack, and essentially puts itself on the reel, by all means fight'em from the reel. But that's about 5-10% of the time in my experience.
     
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    I’ll keep that in mind thank you for the tips
     
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    I’m somehow doing better jogging with the reel but I’m working on getting better with line stripping’s
     
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    I’ve been working on that jigging seems easier with the reel but that’s probably due to how I’m used to fishing. But I am working on it thank you
     
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    Didn’t know that I will look into it thank you
     
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    I’ll look into it thank you and I’ll look into getting some of those flys
     
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    I agree with you and Neuroshima completely here. Part of the fun is stripping the fish in. Gotta use some judgement but nothing like stripping a fish in and having it turn on the burners and pulling the line out of your hands. Once I get close to the reel and the fish feels significant, I'll get it on the reel. It's much more fun to strip them in, but once your sure you've got a fish capable of snapping the leader, getting them fighting the reels drag is safer bet no doubt.
     
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    As for the internet videos, it's more exciting and will generate more views to fight a fish on the reel when fly fishing. Gives the illusion that the fish is bigger (or at least fighting harder) than it actually is. I've seen similar things done with conventional gear--one vid where a few young guys were catching pocket bonies on 3-4" jigs with spinning gear set with a loose drag and acting all hyped up. Worked for em! ~25k views on it, iirc.
     
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    Good point..I've seen many a video online, captioned "fish is smoking drag!". Watch the video, and there is no bend in the rod at all hahahaaha. Smoking 0.3lbs drag lol. Clout chasing is real. Just go fish, forget about the videos and such. Man I hate society these days lol..
     
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    For spotties and other bay fish:
    Shrimp / crab patterns - i like to add oranges to my flies, good attractor color.
     
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    Face ripping hooksets and boat flipping 2 pound bass in the HOOD gone wrong!!! (Cops called)
     
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    I’ll p
    ill put that into use
     
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    I do it for fun mainly and just record for the off chance I do loose or catch the fish of a lifetime haha
     
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    I agree on the take here about putting them on the reel - I usually don't, but when the time comes, you will know it
     
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    Regarding "putting the fish on the reel", there is a lot to this topic. I will create a new thread with some detailed observations.
     
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