After a tough weekend of fishing, it’s nice to know I still know how to catch green sunfish.
I caught eight of them, more or less in the same spot, each on a different fly. Well, two of them I caught on an adams- one when it was floating, another went it got waterlogged and sank.

It makes sense to associate dry flies with clear water and warmer temperatures, but I’ve discovered lately they have their place even in dark muddy water in late fall. I did notice some very tiny light colored bugs flying around, maybe that explains it. Maybe those are the midges I’ve been hearing so much about.
I got some savage strikes on my foam beetle and orange and partridge wet fly (when it was floating in the surface film) but couldn’t get repeat performances.
I’ve also found that light-colored, weighted sakasa flies have been deadly for green sunfish and bluegills.

The fish for the most part seemed lethargic today, except every now and then they brutally attacked my flies. When I landed them, most of them sat there motionless, waiting for it to be over.
I saw some brown and black minnows in the shallows (1-2″ of water) and wondered if I could catch them. I tied on the smallest fly I had, a prince nymph in size 20. I didn’t tie it, it’s one of the few flies I’ve purchased. I could barely get my 10 pound mono through the hook eye!
All the minnows congregated around it, but nobody took a swipe.
I did manage to catch a greenie on it though. It amazes me that greenies will take lures twice their size, but they will also eat a size 20 prince nymph.

I’ve caught more greenies this year than any other fish. Out of the 477 fish I’ve caught so far this year, 192 of those were green sunfish. They always seem to be hungry, they will take almost anything I throw at them… And I know where they live.
If catching tons of 4″ green sunfish is wrong, I don’t want to be right.


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