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Panfish Commonly Found In The Pacific Northwest
The name panfish derives from the fact that these common fishes are able to reproduce in such numbers that they are food for people throughout their range. The name also denotes that several will often easily fit in a frying pan. None of the panfish species listed here are native west of the Mississippi River. Thanks to Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission and Cornell University for supplying much of the information and artwork on panfish found here. Panfish are school fish, which makes them easy to find. They are often voracious, competitive, unsophisticated feeders which makes them easy to catch. All of the species listed here can be found near the surface of the water during much of the year, which makes them fair game for fly fishers.


(Lepomis macrochirus)
Bluegills have small mouths and oval-shaped, almost rounded, bodies. Body coloration is highly variable with size, sex, spawning, water color, bottom type, and amount of cover. In general, they are somewhat lavender and bronze with about six dark bars on their sides. Males tend to have a copper-colored bar over the top of the head behind the eyes. The breast is silver

to slightly blue most of the year, with some yellow or orange during spawning season. Females are generally lighter colored than males. Two distinctive characteristics are the prominent black spot on the rear edge of the gill-cover and a black spot at the base of the posterior portion of the dorsal fin. Habitat - Bluegills prefer the quiet, weedy waters where they can hide and feed. They inhabit lakes and ponds, slow-flowing rivers and streams with sand, mud, or gravel bottoms, near aquatic vegetation. Spawning Habits - Bluegills are well known for "bedding" in large groups, with their circular beds touching one another. Bedding occurs in water two to six feet deep over sand, shell or gravel, and often among plant roots when the bottom is soft. Spawning occurs from April through October with the peak in May and June, when water temperature rises to about 78-80 degrees. A female may lay 2,000 to 63,000 eggs, which hatch 30 to 35 hours after fertilization. Insects, insect larvae and crustaceans are the dominant foods of bluegills, with vegetation, fish eggs, small fish, mollusks, and snails being of secondary importance, although they may dominate their diet during certain times of the year. Age and Growth - Growth is rapid in warmer waters. A one-year-old fish may be four inches long. Spawning may occur the first year. Bluegills can live up to 11 years, but most are less than 7 years old. The rate of growth varies considerably in different bodies of water. A six-inch bluegill is typically two to four years old. Because of their voracious appetites and tenacious attitudes when hooked, bluegills, though small are highly respected gamefish. Bluegills feed at all depths. At times they will actively feed on hatching insects and will take dry flies and small poppers. The World Record - 4 pounds, 12 ounces, was caught in Ketona Lake, Alabama, in 1950.

Black Crappie (pronounced croppie).
(Pomoxis nigromaculatus)
The black crappie is a silvery-green to yellowish fish with large dorsal and anal fins of almost identical shape and size. The sides are marked with black blotches which become more intense towards the back. The dorsal, anal, and caudal fins also are marked with rows of dark spots. Crappies have compressed bodies, small heads and arched backs. It has a

Black Crappie

large mouth with an upper jaw extending under the eye. Black crappies thrive in clear, natural lakes and reservoirs with moderate vegetation. They are also found in large slow-moving less turbid rivers, provided the water is not too murky. Crappies prefer water from 70 to 75 degrees but will tolerate water over 80 degrees. They are gregarious and often travels in schools. Spawning occurs when water temperatures reach 62 to 65 degrees. They nest in colonies. Circular nests are fanned by males over gravel or soft-muddy bottoms and frequently around submerged vegetation in waters from three to eight feet deep. After spawning, males guard the eggs and fry. Females may produce between 11,000 and 188,000 eggs. Primary food items are crustaceans, aquatic insects and small fishes. Adults mainly eat small fish, particularly open-water forage fish, such as juvenile shad. Sexual maturity is reached in the second or third year, with few fish surviving beyond their fifth year. Black crappies are excellent game fish and are highly regarded by fishermen. They are easily caught during pre-spawning periods when the fish are congregated in large schools. They will strike subsurface flies, such as small streamers and wooly buggers. Crappies tend to suspend in mid-water, so you may have to experiment to find the right depth. At times they will take small poppers, especially if they are feeding on baitfish that are congregated at the surface. The World Record - 4 pounds, 8 ounces, was caught in Kerr Lake, Virginia, in 1981.

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch
(Perca flavescens)
The yellow perch is the most widely distributed member of the perch family and is common throughout the northern half of the United Staes. Favored habitat of yellow perch are weedy, warm water and temperate lakes. They spawn in

the spring when water temperatures are in the 45° to 50°F range. The female swims among sticks and weeds in open, shallow water near shore as she emits a long, gelatinous ribbon of eggs. In this manner, the semi-buoyant, adhesive egg mass is woven among the weeds and brush. Males, as many as a dozen, follow a female and fertilize the eggs. Eggs may number from 10,000 to 48,000, depending on the size of the female. No parental care is given to the eggs, which hatch in approximately 3 weeks. Schools of young perch feed on zooplankton. Young perch are slow swimmers, and the schools provide abundant forage for black crappie, older yellow perch, and even trout. Larger yellow perch become important competitors with more highly valued sport fishes in some lakes. Yellow Perch are not regarded as hard fighters when hooked. But they are excellent eating. Fish for them with small streamers. Once the depth of a school is located, they are often very easy to catch. IGFA world record is 2 pound, 11 ounces, caught in Yuba Reservoir, Utah, 1984.

Patty Barnes with a 12" Bluegill caught at Barnes Butte Lake.

Weedless Panfish Poppers 
(also very good for Small Mouth Bass)

Can you imagine, some companies actually sell panfish flies that don't have weed guards.  Panfish are ambush fish.  They like to work at close range.  Weed beds provide the densest cover.  And of course weed beds are most fully grown during the warmest part of the year when panfish are most active.  Panfish metabolism is high during the spring and summer months.  They are voracious feeders and easy to catch.... 
 if you can fish right in the weeds.  These Panfish Poppers have very strong weed guards.
Bee Popper Black Popper Green Popper
Bee Diver Black Diver Green Diver
  Complete Set  
Bee Popper Weedless Panfish Fly
The swamp has its charm with hanging moss and wreaths of mist.  So does a desert lake with Mule Deer and Prairie Falcons amid sage brush and barren basalt.  Panfish waters are common from Central America and Mexico to Southern Canada.  Panfish lakes and ponds are greatly varied in habitat and personality. 

Bee Popper Weedless Panfish Fly

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00560-10 Bee Popper Weedless Panfish Fly 10 3 for $7.95 SALE ENDED
Black Popper Weedless Panfish Fly
One thing is for sure. Panfish are fascinating to study and they live in some very interesting places.  If you are an angler, there are no bad places where wild game fish live.  This is especially true if the fish are easy to catch.  Panfish are so called because they are about the right size for a frying pan.  Panfish are prolific breeders and voracious feeders.  

Black Popper Weedless Panfish Fly

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00564-10 Black Popper Weedless Panfish Fly 10 3 for $7.95 SALE ENDED
Green Popper Weedless Panfish Fly
Panfish can easily overpopulate some bodies of water to the point that they can completely strip an entire food chain.  Then they become stunted and small.  The best thing for most panfish populations is heavy predation either by anglers or larger fish.  Most panfish are very good to eat.  Panfish are also a lot of fun to catch on light gear. 

Green Popper Weedless Panfish Fly

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00561-10 Green Popper Weedless Panfish Fly 10 3 for $7.95 SALE ENDED
Bee Diver Weedless Panfish Fly
Not all fish have to be big or hard to catch to be sporting.  There is a certain charm about fishing for small fish with extremely light gear.  Panfish are most fun when caught on a #2 to #5 weight fly rod. Many species of Panfish are very strong for their size and fight tenaciously, but they are not distance runners. The fly reel can be simple. Large arbor is good.

Bee Diver Weedless Panfish Fly

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00556-08 Bee Diver Weedless Panfish Fly 8 3 for $7.95 SALE ENDED
Black Diver Weedless Panfish Fly
No expensive drag is required in the fly reel, nor is there any need for backing behind the fly line.  The biggest single asset that your rod/reel outfit must have is extreme casting accuracy in the 20' to 40' ranges.  One of the best ways to fish for panfish is to watch for feeding activity.  This usually is most apparent during the warmest, brightest periods.  

Black Diver Weedless Panfish Fly

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00557-08 Black Diver Weedless Panfish Fly 8 3 for $7.95 SALE ENDED
Green Diver Weedless Panfish Fly
Actively feeding panfish can be splashy.  Target those areas with your weedless panfish fly.  If the action is slower than you like, change flies until you find the one they like the best.  We're betting that one is on this page.  

Green Diver Weedless Panfish Fly

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00558-08 Green Diver Weedless Panfish Fly 8 3 for $7.95 SALE ENDED
Complete set of Weedless Panfish Flies
(2) each of the above flies.   (2)Bee Popper, (2)Black Popper, (2)Green Popper, (2)Bee Diver, (2)Black Diver, (2)Green Diver. There are 12 flies in all.
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PANSET Complete set of Weedless Panfish Flies. 12 flies in all. $31.95 SALE ENDED

Popper & Nymph drawing by Mark Bachmann.

Little poppers and divers also work very well as strike indicators for a suspended nymphs.  Tie a length of leader to the bend of the hook on the popper and then tie a small bead head nymph to the other end.  This two fly rig can be deadly.  

  You do have to pick your spots as this set up has its limitations in dense cover. 
When the weeds are thick the popper fishes best by itself. 

Abel Aluminum Reel Handles

Many optional colors... DelrinÆ insert bearing...

New for 2008! Abel 6061 aluminum reel handles are 1/8th inch longer than the standard wooden handles. They feature knurled finger grip and are fitted with a hand-pressed DelrinÆ insert for the absolutely smoothest feel this side of vanilla ice cream. Their weight precisely matches the weight of the counterbalance. They won’t chip, fracture, splinter or snap no matter the temperature or conditions. They are, in a word, forever. In Small, Medium and Large sizes for various sizes of Abel Reels. Available in any solid color finish. $25 on a new reel. Older reels will be retrofitted for $40, or $40 for a handle you wish to install yourself.  New Abel Solid Color Chart

ABEL- HANDLE Abel Aluminum Handle, add color to the Comments section of your order $40.00 SALE ENDED

Indicator Taper

Sage Indicator Taper line for nymph fishing...

The Performance Indicator Taper line answers the call of nymph fishing anglers around the world with a short, heavy head, long rear taper and thicker-than-average running line. Whether you are indicator nymphing or dead-drifting for steelhead, this line will make it easier than ever to cast weighted flies and indicators. When used in conjunction with rods 10' or longer, especially with 11' switch rods, casting the fly and mending the line will have never felt so effortless.
These lines are designed to balance perfectly with Sage Z-AXIS Switch Rods:
5110-4 Z-AXIS = WF-230gr-F
6110-4 Z-AXIS = WF-260gr-F
7110-4 Z-AXIS = WF-290gr-F
8110-4 Z-AXIS = WF-320gr-F
A Sage Indicator Taper line will also improve the performance of : Winston, Anderson, R.B. Meiser and G. Loomis eleven-footers as well.
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217818 WF-230gr-F Light Olive 100' $69.00 SALE ENDED
217825 WF-260gr-F Light Olive 100' $69.00 SALE ENDED
217832 WF-290gr-F Light Olive 100' $69.00 SALE ENDED
217849 WF-320gr-F Light Olive 100' $69.00 SALE ENDED

Loreto, Mexico Bluewater Fly Fishing 2008

June 26 - July 3, Timing is for prime dorado fishing!

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Striped Marlin Join Mark Bachmann and Patty Barnes for an adventure in bluewater fly fishing.  Loreto, Mexico has long been regarded as one of the best Dorado ports in the world. Striped Marlin and Pacific Sailfish compliment your fly fishing menu along with Pacific Bonito and highly prized Rooster Fish.  The scenery is spectacular, featuring a starkly rugged desert contrasting with dark blue water.  The weather will be hot and and your clothing will be skimpy.  Fishing periods start at daylight and end in the early afternoon, allowing for lots of leisure time around the pool or walks into town.  There is also plenty of time for what may be the best of all Mexican traditions, the siesta.  As with any trip of this nature, the "destination operation" has a great deal of influence on your enjoyment.  We have chosen the 

most practical accommodations and the most experienced fly fishing guides in the area.  You will be provided with a spacious air conditioned beach front "Villa Class" room at Hotel La Pinta.  Guides, boats and fishing logistics are provided by Baja Big Fish Company.  In this trip all of the bases have been covered and all of the tricky details are dealt with.   Items such as Mexican


Rooster Fish

Fishing License, bait for chum, lunches, water in the boat, are covered in the package price.  You show up at the Loreto Airport with your fishing gear and luggage and a nice lady will be waiting with a couple of very large vans and and a crew to transport you to your hotel and your room.  Mark and Patty will be there to help you get settled in and show you around. That evening there will be a group meeting to orient you for the fishing that will occur the next morning.     Loreto Weather Report.

To give you as much individual freedom as possible, ground based meals are not provided in the packages.  Hotel La Pinta has an excellent restaurant and bar on the property.  There is also a wide variety of other restaurants within easy walking distance.  Cab service is secure and inexpensive.  Shopping, sight seeing  and diving is available for the non-fisher.

La Pinta Hotel

What can you realistically expect for fishing?  Many of the fish in the Sea of Cortez are very large and can be challenging. If you bring only one outfit make it a #12 weight with 300 yards of backing.  Take the time to learn how to cast it with flies that range from 3" to 9" long.  If you haven't fished bluewater before, expect that there may be a learning curve.  Also expect that your guide will be coaching you during your entire trip.  Your guide shouldn't have to teach you how to cast.  He should spend his time teaching you how to make practical presentations.  The rewards can be incredibly large.  This is a big boy/big girl arena.  Hope you can join us.  
This group is limited to 12 anglers. 

Trip report 2003.

Trip report 2004.

Trip report 2005

Trip Report 2006

LoretoEquipment List Up-to-dateFishing Report
Dorado/Billfish/Rooster Fish Trip: June 26 - July 3, 2008
7-nights, 6-days fishing = $1,850.00

Arrive: Thursday, June 26
Fish: June 27, 28 ,29, 30, July 1 , 2 = (6) days
Depart:  Thursday, July 3, 2007
Stay At: Hotel La Pinta Deluxe Rooms, 6 days 7 nights 
Includes: all ground transfers, bait for chum, licenses, lunches with beers and water in each boat.
Not included in the price are: on-shore meals, tips to guides, airfare, or items of a personal nature.
Fishing: days are 8-hours on the water.   Usual 6:30am - 2:30pm
Boats are large, modern pangas rigged for fly fishing.
Travel Plans: You'll arrive on Thursday, June 26th and depart on Thursday, July 3, 2008.

Dark of the Moon is July 2.
Check your connection time in LAX. 
You will want a layover of at least 2-hours to clear customs and make connecting flights.

This trip is based on double occupancy in rooms and boats.  It is designed to accommodate fishing couples or fishing pairs.  This trip will only be booked for two people fishing together and rooming together.  Single anglers may apply, but will only be booked if a suitable fishing/room partner can be found.

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Loreto, Mexico - Hosted Trip - June 26 - July 3 Trip: 7-nights, 6-days fishing deluxe package: Full price is $1850 per person,  a deposit payment of $850 holds your dates, an additional final payment of $1000 is required by May 1, 2008 $850 SALE ENDED

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