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The I Wonder If This Fly Would Even Work Blue Fly
by Levi Cain
(Ft. Bragg, NC)
After work I decided to try and catch a mosquitofish that would be the smallest for the Challenge. And after a couple hours and a few large mosquitofish later I decided to see what all other species I could catch with the blue yarn. I was about to call it a day so I just tied the blue yarn to my tanago hook in some rats nest looking knot. I was using a 13' crappie rod at the time and decided to dance the yarn right on top of the water.
The sun was setting and while I was catfishing the other day I noticed multiple bugs fall to the surface of the water and start trying to fly away. Within no time a sunfish would suck them under. So I tried to copy that same type movement with my blue fly.
It paid off because the first fish was this Warmouth that put up a nice fight. Followed by a couple Dollar Sunfish, and the last fish of the day was this Pumpkinseed Sunfish.
My first thought when I made the blue fly was this looks like garbage and wont catch a darn thing. However I was gladly wrong. For as soon as the yarn got wet it all slicked down and immediately caught the eye of multiple sunfish and mosquitofish.
Species that took a blue fly:
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