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Lifelike Flies To Target Bass, Pike & Panfish
Earn more strikes fly fishing for bass, pike, and panfish with flies made to entice these voracious predators. Our collection of bass and panfish flies mimics the food sources of a variety of fish for a surefire way to net these species—just get these flies to hungry fish to earn an exhilarating fight. Strip noisy poppers across the surface to create a ruckus—the commotion will be too much for feisty bass to resist. When your target is a predator fish that will eat anything in sight, offer up some irresistible tidbits. Realistic movement, buggy silhouettes, mesmerizing eyes, and wiggly bits come together in tried-and-true fly patterns made to bring in your catch of choice. Pike will target those big-eyed baitfish fly patterns, and panfish like bluegill love little crustacean flies. Baitfish and crayfish imitations can make all the difference between a day on the water and a fly-fishing adventure. Fill your fly box with these lifelike and versatile flies made to tempt aggressive feeders, and you’ll have some fantastic fish stories to tell.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best flies for panfish?
Look to buggy flies, poppers, and minnow patterns to hook everything from crappie to bluegill. The best selling flies for panfish include the Clouser Minnow, Lefty’s Deceiver, the Bass and Sneaky Pete Poppers, and the Freshwater Clouser. Elk Hair Caddis are also a great choice for panfish.
What kind of flies do bass like?
Largemouths can’t resist Bass Popper, Dancing Frog, or Hair Bass Bug flies. If you’ve got smallmouths in your pond, tie on a Sneaky Pete or any streamer pattern.
What size flies are best for panfish?
12 is a great all-around fly size for panfish. Size 10 poppers also work well.
What size flies are best for bass?
Select size 6 flies or larger for bass. Both largemouths and smallmouths are in the habit of targeting fish, bugs, and amphibians similar to a size 6 or larger fly.
What do you need to catch panfish on the fly?
If you’re just starting out, use a traditional 5-weight rod and a weight-forward line with a 3 or 4X, 7- to 9-foot leader. Poppers, minnow patterns, and buggy flies work for panfish.
What color flies do bass like?
Flies that realistically mimic their favorite foods attract bass rather than colors alone. Colors play an important role in impersonating minnows, crayfish, spiders, frogs, and bright, buggy delicacies. But the overall shape, movement, and appearance of a real meal are what will get the monsters smashing your fly.