Panfish champion!

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  1. hdlv

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    Just thought I'd share a little mile stone in my tenkara "career". Last Saturday I participated in the first annual "Panfish Pandemonium" - a tournament of tiny proportions, held at prospect park in Brooklyn, NY.

    The goal was to catch the most fish between 2 and 6pm with awards going to the top three for fly fishing and spin caster (grand prize for first place fly fishing) with additional prizes for smallest fish and a species slam (black crappie, pumpkinseed, bluegill and largemouth bass). No fish over ten inches could be counted towards your final number.

    The sign in booth.
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    One of my first fish of the day. The lake at prospect park is strictly catch and release so for each fish you needed a photo with the patch handed out at check in.
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    I started out a little slow but after moving around I found a good spot.
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    My smallest fish of the day caught on a size 18 fly I tied. The smallest fish of the day was 2.5 inches.
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    A handful of the participants that stuck around for count in.
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    The winner of the fly fishing division. Me! I won with 50 fish, I think 2nd place came in with about 14.
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    I just started tying my own flys so the $250 gift card will be put to good use at the local fly fishing shop.
    Thanks for tagging along.
     
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    That is awesome! Way to go! I really like that patch too!
     
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    Cool! That's a good day of fishing.
     
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    That's awesome!! Great job, and a good win!
     
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    Great job lad. That's a good way to murder a day, I mean have a fun day. joe
     
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    I like it. Been years since I went after panfish specifically. Congrats
     
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    that is so cool...who ever thought fly fishing existed in brooklyn....love it and congrats...btw...how many times did you catch the same fish...lol....

    bob.
     
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    Thanks! Funny thing is that I signed up for the patch winning the thing was a pretty nice bonus!
     
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    Give it a try. It was so much fun, brings back childhood memories.
     
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    Looks like a great time braw! Congrats!
     
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    That’s great! Congratulations! That patch is perfect.
     
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    Outstanding!
    And who knew you were such a handsome devil...?

    Congratulations on the win.
     
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    That’s awesome!

    I love fishing for panfish, especially bluegills, redears and longears.
    That pumpkinseed you caught is awesome, I haven’t been able to find any in my area yet.


    Congrats!
     
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    Fishing in Brooklyn, who'd hahave thunk. Congratulations on the win. I'm looking forward to giving the Tenkara thing a try. I'll definitely be going after some panfish as well.
     
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    A photo of the Flies you tied & used :3:
     
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    Don't make me blush! :30:
    Thanks!
     
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    It's a great tool for the job. Tenkara is like a bluegill sniper rifle!
     
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    I'll try to snap a few when I get home. I should have known this gang would be interested in those.
     
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    Thom would be very proud!!!
     
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    Congratulations on your win, and thanks for sharing.
    I would, and I think others would also like to see some photos of your Brooklyn fishing hole.
     
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    THE CHAMP!!!
    congrats!
     
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    Here they are. The two sizes I used where 12 and I think 18. They are kebari style (reversed hackle). The smaller one is a pretty common combo, black thread and olive hackle. But the size 12 is my own design and I'm very happy with it. It has sunfish coloration but still a buggy body, the wire gives it a nice segmented look but it's real function was to sink the fly a little faster.
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    Great job man!
     
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    awesome post with baby bass pic......hopefully no one called Homeland Security with all those rod tubes being carried about....lol.
     
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    WooHoo for the win!
     
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    Your version of a " Reversed Hackle MIDGE " ...? :dblthumb:

    I.E.

    MIDGE FLIES

    These little guys are found everywhere; all the time. If a fish isn't eating a stonefly, mayfly, terrestrial, or caddis, it is probably feasting on tiny midges. The technical name for these small, two-winged insects is chironomids.

    https://catalog.theflyshop.com/flies/midge-flies/
     
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    HA! You are right!
     
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    That little bass really was my favorite catch of the day!
     
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    I tie a few flies myself ( Wooly Buggers / Clouser Minnows ) ..Unfortunately,..My Fingers are toooo chubby for tying the smaller Flies, which I normally BUY :56:
     
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