How Do You Fish for Crappie in Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing for crappie is a challenging yet rewarding experience. It requires patience, skill, and the right gear. That being said, it’s an incredibly enjoyable way to catch these delicious game fish.

The Basics

Before you can start fly fishing for crappie you need to have the right equipment. This includes a fly rod and reel with a weight rating of at least 6-8wt, a floating line, and a selection of flies appropriate for Targeting crappie. When it comes to selecting the perfect fly, size matters; small streamers, poppers, and wet flies are ideal choices when Targeting crappie.


The key to successful fly fishing for crappie is using the right technique. You’ll want to use a slow retrieve that follows the contours of the lake or river bottom where these fish tend to congregate.

If you’re fishing in shallow water (less than 4 feet deep) then you may want to try an “upstream dead drift” technique. This involves casting your line upstream and allowing it to drift downstream with the current while keeping contact with your line at all times. Once you feel a bite, set the hook!


When it comes to selecting lures for fly fishing for crappie there are many options available; from small streamers and poppers to wet flies and nymphs. It’s important to match your lure selection with the type of water you’re fishing in as well as its depth and clarity. For example, in clear shallow water you may want to use smaller lures such as poppers or streamers while in deeper murky water larger lures such as wet flies or nymphs could be more effective.


Fly fishing for crappie is an enjoyable way to Target these delicious game fish that requires skill and patience but can be very rewarding when done correctly! By having the right gear, using proper techniques, and selecting effective lures you can increase your chances of success when out on the water chasing after these tasty critters!

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Emma Gibson