How Do You Catch Crappie in Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a great way to catch crappie, as they are known to be a very active fish. Fly fishing can be quite a challenge, but with some practice and patience, you can have a successful outing.

The key to catching crappie with fly fishing is to present the right bait and lure combination in the right spot.

When it comes to bait for fly fishing for crappie, there are several options available. Live bait such as minnows or crickets are very effective and easy to use.

Small crankbaits, such as spinners or spoons, can also be used effectively. If you’re looking for something more natural, natural food sources such as dragonfly nymphs or grasshoppers are also effective baits.

Once you have the right bait or lure chosen, it’s time to decide where you should cast your line. Crappie tend to congregate around structure such as brush piles and logs in shallow water, so these areas should be Targeted first. If there isn’t much structure in the area, then you may want to look for deeper water where there is more cover from vegetation or rocks.

When it comes time to actually fish for crappie with fly fishing gear, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration. First and foremost is your retrieve speed; too fast of a retrieve will cause the bait or lure to pass through the strike zone of the fish before they have an opportunity to strike it. Secondly, make sure that your presentation of the bait is natural; if it looks unnatural then this can also deter strikes from wary fish.


In conclusion, fly fishing for crappie requires practice and patience in order to succeed. By using the right bait or lure combination in the appropriate area and presenting it naturally at an appropriate speed will give anglers an edge when Targeting this species of fish with fly gear. With some practice and research, anglers can find success when Targeting crappie on their next outing!

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Michael Allen