The IBN would like to congratulate all four teams that…

The IBN would like to congratulate all four teams that represented the Indiana Bass Nation Team tournament trail. A special shout out to Keith Baird and Michael Thompson. The duo weighed in an impressive two day total of 39-2 and finished 11th overall out of 198 teams.

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It’s crappie time my friends, If you’ve never fished…

It’s crappie time my friends,

If you’ve never fished for crappie with a fly
rod, then you’ve really missed something.

In my opinion, crappies, and other panfish, are
the ideal fly rod quarry for the following
reasons; There are plenty of them.

They are almost everywhere.

They are scrumptious! They are incredibly willing
to smash your fly (most of the time) and do
battle.

Unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii, chances are
good that you live within one or two hours from a
body of water than has crappie in it.

Crappies are seasonal migratory predators.

I won’t go into their seasonal habits here
because that is a subject unto itself.

Suffice to say it helps to know your quarry.

It’s pretty simple for most of the year.

If you find ’em..you’ll catch ’em.

The notable exception is summertime, when
crappies get moody, sulk and suspend in open
water.

They frequently get lock-jaw at this time and
will even refuse a live minnow dangled right under
their nose! You don’t need a $1000.00 fly rod to
catch crappie (or in my experience, any other
freshwater fish).

A $19.99 Wal-Mart special will catch just as many
crappies as an $850.00 outfit from G.

Loomis.

For crappie, you want to go light.

A 6-1/2 to 8-1/2′ 2 or 3 weight fly rod is
perfect for crappie.

If you want to chase crappie during the summer,
you may want to move up to a 5 weight rod with a
sinking line, to get your fly to the depths
quicker.

All you need is a single action reel, and it does
not have to be an expensive one.

Next, you will need a WF2F, or WF3F, or ST fly
line, or maybe a DT5S for summer.

Top it off with a 5′ tapered leader (crappie
are not line-shy, so a long leader is not
necessary) and a 4X or 5X tippet, and your almost
ready to go.

If you need to learn how to fly fish, I’d like
to recommend the premier website for all things
fly fishing http://www.flyanglersonline.com/.

Here you will find all the information you need,
and then some, for learning how to properly fly
fish, find your quarry, and make and maintain your
equipment.

There are thousands of proven fly patterns there,
with complete directions and step-by step
instructions for tying them.

There is also a forum where you can ask us any
questions you want.

A few accessories are nice to have.

If you fish from a boat, and plan to crappie fish
all year, a good depth finder is a necessity.

You’ll want a landing net, because crappies
have very tender mouths and can tear-off easily.

For the same reason, a floating fish basket or
live well is good to have, because crappie can
tear off of a stringer easily.

You’ll need a lantern for night-fishing.

If you don’t have a boat, you might want to
look at the various models of Belly Boats, or
Float Tubes.

They are great for crappie fishing in still
waters.

Now, for the most fun part of flyfishing
selecting your flies.

You have two options: You can look for a supplier
that ties the patterns you want, or you can do
what the rest of us do, and tie your own.

This is as much fun as fishing! Crappies aren’t
very picky on patterns.

Any small streamer or bucktail pattern that
resembles the local baitfish will work to some
extent.

Some good classic patterns to try are the
Black-Nosed Dace, Black Ghost, Nimrod Bucktail,
Ballou Special, Baby Brook Trout, Nine-Three,
Susan Postmaster, Iris #2, Small Wooly-Buggers,
Creek Chub, Goldie, jr., Olive PSS, Alewife,
Spectra Streamer, Muddler Minnow, or any streamer
pattern tied on #10 or #8 streamer hooks,
especially if they are in the crappie’s favorite
colors of white, yellow and chartreuse.

While most streamers will take crappie, two
patterns are of special note.

The first is Bob Clouser’s outstanding
all-around pattern-the Clouser Minnow.

This fly catches anything that swims, in fresh or
salt water, that eats minnows.

It has a fantastic action in the water, is
durable and is almost a can’t fail pattern.

No fly box is complete without several of these,
in various sizes and colors.

If I could only have one fly to fish with, this
would be it, hands-down.

For crappie, you’ll want it in a size 10, in
yellow, chartreuse and white.

It has the added advantage of riding hook-up, so
it is somewhat weedless for fishing in cover.

The other pattern worth special mention is Al
Campbell’s unbelievably successful Crappie
Candy.

This fly is the ultimate bait for crappie.

They will hit this fly when they will ignore even
live minnows.

It can be tied in a variety of colors.

My favorite colors are fluorescent green and
chartreuse in the spring, fall and winter, and
yellow in summer.

I always put a little white on them because white
seems to trigger strikes.

You will normally find crappie around some kind
of structure, mostly in 8-10 feet of water, except
for summer.

Next time you want a mess of fish for the
deep-fryer, try flyrodding for crappie.

You may never be the same, again! Happy fishing!

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Indiana BASS Nation is now on Twitter!

Indiana BASS Nation is now on Twitter! If you haven’t already, go gives us a follow @indbassnation !!

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Have you ever seen this face?

Have you ever seen this face?

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The IBN has set the schedule for the 2016 State final…

The IBN has set the schedule for the 2016 State final and the Team Tournament Trail. Also we will have our annual meeting January 19 at a location TBA.

State Final
Rocky Point June 18-19

Team Tournament Trail
Patoka – April 9th
Geist – May 15th
Monroe – June 11th
Wawasee – July 9th

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Fishing Ohio shared Stix & Stones’s video.

Fishing Ohio shared Stix & Stones’s video.

Stix & Stones
I think we found them….. Who’s ready? #IceFishing #Perch

Video by Brandon Charles Zimmerman @brandonczimmerman

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The Ohio Bass Federation State Championship on Mosquito…

The Ohio Bass Federation State Championship on Mosquito Lake

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Indiana BASS Nation’s cover photo…

Indiana BASS Nation’s cover photo

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Happy New Years to all, and may the new year bring lots…

Happy New Years to all, and may the new year bring lots of big fish to everyone.
God bless be safe and remember don’t drink and drive tonight or ever, be responsible and have a designated driver or take a cab.

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The Ohio Bass Federation State Championship On Mosquito…

The Ohio Bass Federation State Championship On Mosquito Lake

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The Indiana Bass Nation team tournament trail is being…

The Indiana Bass Nation team tournament trail is being well represented this week at the BASS Nation Team championship on Lake Guntersville. The teams of Matt McCoy/ Dennis Davis, Michael Thompson/Keith Baird, JD Kyle/Jack Belt and Ed Bauer/Matt Bishop are competing for a chance to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. Each team qualified by fishing the IBN Team tournament trail in 2015. The Indiana Bass Nation has three opportunities for Indiana fisherman to potentially qualify for the classic. Join a club and fish the State final and earn a spot on the state team. Compete in the Team Tournament trail with a partner and qualify for the team championship. Additionally we also reserve four spots from the TTT to qualify for the state team through that series. Baird and Thompson took advantage of this opportunity and qualified for both the state team and team championship. Watch for more info on the 2016 season coming soon.

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Fishing Ohio shared a link.

Fishing Ohio shared a link.

Best 5 Ways to Hook A Live Bait
saltwatersportsman.com
Fine-tune hook placement for ultimate control of liveys.

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Cole Wessner & Dan Hechler Took Second Place at the SAF…

Cole Wessner & Dan Hechler
Took Second Place at the SAF -Central Conference Championship /Lake Carlyle in Illinois . These to boys are moving on to the regionals next April!
Congratulations guys !

2nd Pl. Cole Wessner & Daniel Hechler

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The Indiana BASS Nation would like to thank all of our…

The Indiana BASS Nation would like to thank all of our veterans on this special day, for defending our freedom. Thank You!

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Team Ohio Congratulations on 3rd Place…

Team Ohio
Congratulations on 3rd Place

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Photos from Indiana BASS Nation’s post…

Photos from Indiana BASS Nation’s post

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2015 State Team Carlyle Lake, IL? Go kick Bass, guys!

2015 State Team
Carlyle Lake, IL?
Go kick Bass, guys!

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