Many fly fishers got their start fly fishing for bluegill.  They are plentiful, cooperative, and a lot of fun.  It has been said that ounce for ounce, a bluegill on a fly rod out-fights most other fish.  That may or may not be true, but I tend to believe it.  It is also a great way to introduce young people to fly fishing because you can usually get them into fish, thus making it a positive experience for them.

I have decided to do a bluegill fly for this month.  The weather is getting warmer and the bluegill action will pick up as the water warms.  I admit that I prefer to catch bluegills on top with poppers and spiders, but there are some days where they are not inclined to hit a surface fly.

An excellent fly on those occasions is the Fish Slayer.  This fly was developed by Dick Koch who works part time at Lunkers and also belongs to SJRVFF.  The name of the fly comes as compliments of Billy Vale, also a member of SJRVFF.  Dick had given Billy some of these flies and apparently Billy had success with them, thus the name.

This is a very easy fly to tie and you can easily tie a dozen in less than one hour.

Recipe:

Hook: TMC 2488 size 12

Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0 (Gray or Olive)

Eyes: Spirit River Dazl-Eyes 1/8” Black

Wing: Blood Quill Marabou (Gray or Olive)

Dubbing: Antron Blend (Gray or Olive)

Colors: The fly is tied in either gray or olive (Select materials to match)  The fly in the pictures is gray.

Tying Instructions:

Start the thread onto the hook at the eye, wrap to hook bend and then bring thread to just in front of the hook point.
Tie in the Dazl-Eyes on top of shank at this point. This will leave enough room so you don’t crowd the hook eye later on. You can apply some Zap-A-Gap at this point to keep the eyes in place.
Prepare a marabou feather by stripping away some of the feather fibers from the stem. You want to have a wing that is on the sparse side.
Tie in the marabou as the wing behind the Dazl-Eyes, then bring the marabou over the top of the Dazl-Eyes and tie it down in front of the Dazy-Eyes.
Trim the excess marabou and bring the thread behind the Dazl-Eyes. Make a dubbing rope on the thread.
Wrap a dubbing collar behind the eyes, criss-cross over the top of the eyes and finish with a small amount of dubbing for the nose of the fly. Whip finish and you are done.