After the first warm spring rain, fish small ponds near the entrance of an intermittent creek. The water will be warmed a couple of degrees which will attract bluegills from their deep winter locations. Approach carefully because these fish are shallow for the first time all winter and will be very wary.
Most often a heavy splashdown of your fly puts bluegill appetites on hold. A tightly furled leader that is matched to your line size will solve that problem. Add an appropriately sized length of tippet and you’re ready to fish.
- Cast directly or at a 45-degree angle into the wind. Fish will line the windward shore to feed on the drift.
- Use sinking lines. They’re heavier and therefore easier to cast through the wind and wave action won’t affect line control.
- Use a fast-action rod capable of increasing line speed to overpower the wind.
- Kneel or crouch to keep a low profile and cast a tight loop even utilizing a double haul to beat wind gusts.
Reddington’s Butterstick series of rods offers the classic bamboo rod-action at 1/10th the price. Matched with Rio’s Trout LT DT and a spare spool with their Sub-Surface Midge Tip to sink at 1.5 to 2 inches per second is a perfect setup for a relaxed-action panfish afficianado.
As water temperatures drop fish in midday warmth rather than early and late. The water will be a degree or two higher and the fish will be more active.