July 4th Evening Catch
by Vic Velasco
I tied a few more blue flies for fishing over the long weekend. The big one is a gurgler using the blue yard instead of the normal chenille. I tied on a six pack of legs and left two long lengths of the yarn up front near the eye of a size 8 hook - simulating bashed up dragonfly wings - I'm hoping for a decent sized bucket mouth with this one. The size 14 hook is dressed up as my version of a sabiki (spinning rod bait catching lures). I can usually entice the big bluegills and medium sized large mouth bass to take these. Blue yarn body and light blue marabou tail. The size 22 blue thread midge fly was the one I tied on today. I was targeting micros, and got several to follow - but I couldn't keep the baby bluegill off the hook - I caught several, but only took pictures of few that had the fly visible.
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