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Old 08-04-15, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default Redeye Bass & Redbreast sunfish

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I am going camping this weekend with some college buddies. I am bringing the fly rod(s) since the cabin we are renting will be on a creek. Allegedly the creek has no trout, but it has redbreast sunfish, redeye bass, an occasional largemouth or spotted bass, crappie, and channel cats. I figure it's mostly redeye bass and redbreast sunfish and the rest is a toss up.

As far as flies are concerned, I am bringing various bream poppers, clouser minnows, woolly buggers and rubber legged nymphs. I mostly plan on stripping small streamers since this is what I have had the most success doing when catching bass and various sunfish.

Any other fly recommendations? Technique suggestions? Tips? I don't have a lot of experience catching redeye bass and redbreast sunfish. I have caught plenty of bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth though.
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Stealth bombers. Any color as long as it is black right now with cicadas
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...black and red ants and some of these...

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redeyes and bream LOVE rock worms...!!

Blessings!

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Thanks for the replies and tips!

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Stealth bombers. Any color as long as it is black right now with cicadas
Riverpirate, do you find that Stealth bombers work throughout the day or only early in the morning and just before sunset (like with bass poppers)?
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In my experience- expecially for bream, Yellow is a magic color. I have been throwing a yellow boogle bug for most of the summer and it has been slaying redbreasts in local ponds, and picks up quite a few bass too.
Try throwing a popper dropper- a little more trouble, but realy works great. I use a slightly larger popper with a wooly Bugger.
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In my experience- expecially for bream, Yellow is a magic color. I have been throwing a yellow boogle bug for most of the summer and it has been slaying redbreasts in local ponds, and picks up quite a few bass too.
Try throwing a popper dropper- a little more trouble, but realy works great. I use a slightly larger popper with a wooly Bugger.
Thanks for the tips ferrulewax! I haven't had much luck on popping bugs with bass (time of day issue I think). I typically have more luck stripping little nymphs or small streamers.

When you do a popper dropper, do you cast it out and let it sit until all the ripples are gone like you would a typical bass popper or do you pop or strip the rig in to entice bites?
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...black and red ants and some of these...

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redeyes and bream LOVE rock worms...!!

Blessings!

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Thanks Jimmy! How do you fish those rock worms? Dead drift?
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Old 08-05-15, 02:26 PM   #8
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When you do a popper dropper, do you cast it out and let it sit until all the ripples are gone like you would a typical bass popper or do you pop or strip the rig in to entice bites?
Let the fish tell you what they want.

And don't ignore San Juan worms as droppers. Trust me on that.
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Thanks Jimmy! How do you fish those rock worms? Dead drift?

...yes...drifted under or near rocks with current...

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My most productive bream fly is a Black Cricket pattern. For Bass, spitting rubber legs in green. I've been jumping bream at the local creek. I press the barb down catch 'em and play them and then give them some slack and they shake off.
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