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I have used a #24 midge pupa fly to catch bait and caught bluegills that small. You are allowed to use them as bait as long as you legally take them. One thing I learned with this is to get very close to shore and don't let that tiny midge on a tiny tippet land in more than a few inches of water; larger panfish will readily take it and snap the tippet.
When I was a kid, my dad and older sister had aquariums and on a couple of Florida trips we seined for tropical fish. They got some really interesting fish, though dad learned a lesson about amateur tank stocking. Some of those beautiful tiny fish turn into big uglies rather quickly and they get big by eating everything else in the tank...
 

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Growing up we used to catch river shiners using some black sewing thread, a green twig, a minnow hook, and a piece of hotdog. It was a great way to pass the time waiting on a catfish or drum to take our bait off the bottom.

On a related note, anybody else remember minnow hooks? We had ours in an old methiolate bottle.
 

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He is my age. Don't give him too much trouble.

What were we talking about again?
 
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