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Bluegills will often hit just about anything when it is spring time and they are on their beds. They are tenacious when guarding their beds and will strike at anything in their territory. But if they are not bedding, things change, especially in late summer.

I designed the Bluegill Belly Bean for late summer time when the bluegill are no longer on their beds and usually stay deep in the water. You can get the Bluegill Belly Bean down to find them and get their attention. Cast it out and countdown and let it sink. How long to count down depends on how deep the body of water is you are fishing or where the bluegill are holding. But I would say 10 or 15 seconds is a good start. Sometimes you might be able to just give it a twitch and the bluegill will take it. Other times you might just have to leave it sitting still or you may have to strip it and get it moving before they will strike. You just have to try different tactics to see what they like on that particular day. Normally they are not as easy to catch when they are not guarding their beds.

Materials list:

Hook: size 10 – J. Stockard J2 604 Jig Hook
Tail: One micro rubber leg
Four strands of Krystal Flash
Back body: Petite Glissen Gloss Estaz
Between back and front body: Two micro rubber legs on each side
Front body: FrankenDUB Nymph Dubbing
Eyes: x-small Double Pupil Dumbell Lead Eyes

Tying instructions:

  1. Start your thread near the jig bend of the hook near the eye. First tie in your dumbbell eyes on the bottom of the shank. The hook point will be riding up on this fly. Tie them in as close to the jig bend as possible. You can put some Krazy Glue on the wraps to help hold them in place.
  2. Next run your thread down near the barb of the hook and tie in two strands of Krystal Flash on the bottom of the hook. Double them over and tie them down again so that you have four strands running out to the back of the fly to help make a tail. They should be slightly longer than the total length of the entire hook, including the bend.
  3. Now tie in one micro sized rubber leg and make it just as long as the Krystal Flash. Tie it in on the bottom of the shank and try to keep it in line with the hook shank running out the back.
  4. Using the Glissen Gloss Estaz, tie down a piece right where you tied in the tail and line it up with the barb of the hook. Then wrap your thread up to about two hook eyes away from the dumbbell eyes. Take your Estaz and wrap it forward until you get to where your thread is positioned and wrap it down and cut off the excess.
  5. Now take two micro sized rubber legs and tie them in on one side of the hook shank next to the Estaz. Then fold them over to the other side and wrap them down on that side with the legs aiming towards the back of the fly. Wrap them down to secure them and cut them off near the midway point of the rubber leg that forms the tail. This will allow them to flop around.
  6. Next put some wax on your thread and dub it with FrankenDUB Nymph Dubbing. Once you have a dubbing noodle formed, wrap it forward to form the front body of the fly. You may have to dub it again and form another noodle to keep going. Wrap it around the dumbbell eyes and figure eight it across them. Tie it off right in front of the dumbbell eyes and whip finish. Put some Krazy Glue on it to help secure the wraps.
  7. The fly is now finished.


  1. Paul,
    Nice looking Bluegill fly. Reminds me of a concoction I used to tie for Bluegill and Shellcracker down in Alabama. After spawning, the bigger fish would scatter and hold along deep ledges in 10-15 of water. I would make a fly completely out of rubber legs from hook bend to eye and fish with a sink tip. After wrapping just a few turns of lead, I would begin tying short strands of rubber legs along the hook shank. The finished fly looked like nothing but a mass of rubber legs going off in all directions. It descended slowly with lots of movement and in clear water the fish loved it.

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