Is it really Friday already? Not that I’m complaining…but this week went by fast. When I think about it, life is going by fast. Another birthday done and gone.
Is there any way to slow down this train ride? If you figure out how, let me know.
Anyway, today I want to let you in on a sneaky method of catching crappie in the hot summer months, just after the bite starts to die down a bit. I’ve seen this used with great success from the few old guys I’ve seen doing it.
Full details coming up.
And please don’t forget to absorb every piece of crappie fishing knowledge here:
On this page, you’ll be introduced to 12 “under the radar” old school crappie fishermen that are filled with old crappie fishing secrets from head to toe.
Catching crappie really is “second nature” to these guys because they’ve been doing it for so long… since they were young kids.
(And most of these guys are as old as dirt now.)
* The “spinning minnows” technique for catching loads of crappie in clear bottom areas (If you fish in clear water you’d be crazy not to use this instinct-stirring presentation)
* How to create the “illusion” of baby minnows schooling around your jig (Whip this secret out when your jigs aren’t working. Crappie will usually hit it immediately!)
* How to use a special scent with “dip” movements to engage a crappie’s hunting instinct… practically forcing them to take your bait instantly!
* And much, much more!
It’s all here waiting for you… and it’s an awesome read if you like old school “fishing lore”.
Now…let’s get on with this sneaky method… 😉
If you’ve never fished for crappie with a fly rod, then you’ve really missed something. In my opinion, crappies, and other panfish, are the ideal fly rod quarry for the following reasons; Unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii, chances are good that you live within one or two hours from a body of water than has crappie in it.
Crappies are seasonal migratory predators. I won’t go into their seasonal habits here because that is a subject unto itself.
Suffice to say it helps to know your quarry. It’s pretty simple for most of the year. If you find ’em’..you’ll catch ’em. The notable exception is summertime, when crappies get moody, sulk and suspend in open water.
They frequently get lock-jaw at this time and will even refuse a live minnow dangled right under their nose! You don’t need a $1000.00 fly rod to catch crappie (or in my experience, any other freshwater fish). A $19.99 Wal-Mart special will catch just as many crappies as an $850.00 outfit from G. Loomis.
For crappie, you want to go light.
A 6-1/2 to 8-1/2′ 2 or 3 weight fly rod is perfect for crappie.
If you want to chase crappie during the summer, you may want to move up to a 5 weight rod with a sinking line, to get your fly to the depths quicker.
All you need is a single action reel, and it does not have to be an expensive one.
Next, you will need a WF2F, or WF3F, or ST fly line, or maybe a DT5S for summer. Top it off with a 5′ tapered leader (crappie are not line-shy, so a long leader is not necessary) and a 4X or 5X tippet, and your almost ready to go.
A few accessories are nice to have.
If you fish from a boat, and plan to crappie fish all year, a good depth finder is a necessity. You’ll want a landing net, because crappies have very tender mouths and can tear-off easily.
For the same reason, a floating fish basket or live well is good to have, because crappie can tear off of a stringer easily.
You’ll need a lantern for night-fishing.
If you don’t have a boat, you might want to look at the various models of Belly Boats, or Float Tubes. They are great for crappie fishing in still waters.
Now, for the most fun part of flyfishing. Selecting your flies. You have two options: You can look for a supplier that ties the patterns you want, or you can do what the rest of us do, and tie your own.
This is as much fun as fishing! Crappies aren’t very picky on patterns.
Any small streamer or bucktail pattern that resembles the local baitfish will work to some extent.
Some good classic patterns to try are the Black-Nosed Dace, Black Ghost, Nimrod Bucktail, Ballou Special, Baby Brook Trout, Nine-Three, Susan Postmaster, Iris #2, Small Wooly Buggers, Creek Chub, Goldie, jr., Olive PSS, Alewife, Spectra Streamer, Muddler Minnow, or any streamer pattern tied on #10 or #8 streamer hooks, especially if they are in the crappie’s favorite colors of white, yellow and chartreuse.
While most streamers will take crappie, two patterns are of special note.
The first is Bob Clouser’s outstanding all-around pattern-the Clouser Minnow. This fly catches anything that swims, in fresh or salt water, that eats minnows. It has a fantastic action in the water, is durable and is almost a ‘can’t fail’ pattern. No fly box is complete without several of these, in various sizes and colors. If I could only have one fly to fish with, this would be it, hands-down.
For crappie, you’ll want it in a size 10, in yellow, chartreuse and white, It has the added advantage of riding ‘hook-up’, so it is somewhat weedless for fishing in cover.
The other pattern worth special mention is Al Campbell’s unbelievably successful Crappie Candy. This fly is the ultimate bait for crappie. They will hit this fly when they will ignore even live minnows. It can be tied in a variety of colors.
My favorite colors are fluorescent green and chartreuse in the spring, fall and winter, and yellow in summer. I always put a little white on them because white seems to trigger strikes.
You will normally find crappie around some kind of structure, mostly in 8-10 feet of water, except for summer.
Next time you want a mess of fish for the deep-fryer, try flyrodding for crappie.
You may never be the same, again! Happy fishing!
That’s a ton of stuff to absorb, but I know you’ll catch a bunch next time you go fishing, and put a few of these to the test.
See you next week. 😉
P.S. Check out a clip of the message Terry emailed me after he started using the secret:
I’m having huge success catching crappie with the methods in your package.
I know these guys are giving up their best secrets because I’ve really increased my catch since I started using them. In fact, with the Dale Mitchell and Randy Musgrove manuals, a buddy and I caught 5 limits of crappie in just 2 evenings.
Then, when I was fishing alone, I caught a 3 1/2 pound crappie (my personal best) by using one of the methods in the manuals for targeting the bigger crappie in a spot. When I hooked him, I thought it was a catfish at first, until I felt that familiar “crappie pull”. I brought him to the boat and used a net. I couldn’t wait to get home so I could start bragging!
Not only are their methods unique and effective, but the entire course is first class all the way – including the packaging. I’m very impressed.
You’ll be the talk of the town too, whether you like it or not. 😉