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So I used to catch plenty of trout on flies years ago on the west coast and had tried fly fishing the ponds here in the Charlotte areas a few times without any luck.
We've got a neighborhood pond with carp, sunfish, catfish, and bass.
We've tried lots of stuff there, but have only ever caught anything on worms. A few carp, a couple small bass, and lots of sunfish.
But a couple days ago, my daughter and I went out and weren't getting any bites with worms.
So I pulled out the fly rod and small white Betts popper and caught 3 sunfish in about 10 minutes.
Next goal is to get a decent sized bass.
 

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Man, there are many fun things you can do with a Fly rod - I've caught Tarpon on the fly, tailing redfish, took a shot at bonefish, but there is NOTHING more fun than tossing poppers at hungry bream. What a ball, especially when you compete w/ your buddy to see who can break a hundred in an hour.

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Keep on casting, lots of fish like a popper. Here are a few ideas to chase our finny quarry.

Topwater foam head flies, streamers, chartreuse San Juan worms, orange/black bugs all take their share of bass and shellcracker/bluegills. These were caught on Wednesday and ate on Thursday....:) I tie my own flies so I can make them any color and size for the target species of fish.
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I love catching bream on top water flies, but have done well at times with a Crappie Candy fly in white and chartreuse, and on a chamois worm fly. Both of those flies can be found on youtube with tying instructions. I love the chamois worm. It has lots of movement. On youtube, there is a nun tying the chamois worm. It is a super simple fly to tie. Never tried it myself, but if you're not a purist, adding some scent to the chamois worm should help with more hook ups.
 

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Hit the neighborhood pond again and the water is definitely warming up.
I got my first bass on a fly. A nice sized fish on my first cast, with the same white Bett's popper I've been using for the bream.
My 6 and 11 yr olds also both got quite a few fish.
My 6 yr old got one he could barely lift out of the water.

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