I certainly am happy to share with you a few of the flies that I have had decent success with. That is my list for today. A month from now if I were asked, my list might be a little different. It all depends on the fishing success I am having and if I haven't came across a new absolutely great pattern that I saw somewhere that I just had to add to my fly box. Plus, Crappie are not a picky fish in as much as what flies they might take on a given day. The most significant issue is finding good cover (Crappie like good cover via down trees or stick ups or other significant structure), finding a school of Crappie (Crappie school up sometimes in large schools of fish), and then determining depth of fly presentation to reach the school of Crappie. Last on the agenda is really what fly they might take. They love small Streamer patterns, Leech patterns, Bead head Nymph patterns, etc. etc. Crappie are not a fish that I have ever had much success with while fishing a surface Popper or Foam bug like Bluegill. In the end, there are many, many effective patterns for Crappie.
Like all the flies I tie anymore, my concept is to keep the patterns simple. At my age, that means more time fishing and less time preparing to go fishing..................................................
Here are (3) of my favorite Crappie flies. Note: While I list them here for Crappie understand that they will also fish well for other species of warm water fish and also for our trout efforts, too.
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See what I mean by simple, just a marabou tail and chenille body. To get a jigging action either weight the hook, or, as I often do use a weighted bead at the head of the fly. Color combinations are your choice and since it takes no time at all to tie, you are able to crank a bunch of these guys in a hurry. More fishing............................................................
Chartreuse over Pearl White Ice Dub Clouser Minnow
(6 - 10)
Almost takes as long to type out the name of the fly than it does to tie this super effective Crappie pattern. Weighted eyes get it down, Crappies do the rest of the work. Also, tied in various color combinations, but, this is one of my favorite combinations. (Before anybody needs to remind me, I know this is not the best picture, but, when you want to go fishing it will work!)
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The work horse of my fly box when it comes to many species of fish. I believe I have caught more Crappie on this fly than any other. Probably, because I have faith in the fly and fish it diligently. Of course, I have talked about this pattern exclusively in a post most recently.
I never leave home to go fly fishing without this pattern in my box.