I started tying flys after seeing a tv show on pbs. They tied flys for warm water fish such as bass, bluegill, and crappie. This caught my attention because until this everything I had seen was aboiut trout and salmon. Mark Van Patten the host of the show opened up a whole new world of fishing for me. Just wanted to pass this on for those who think poppers and spiders are the only flies for panfish.
It can be interesting to throw out different bait to see what happens!
I once threw out a bumblebee popper, but my aim was bad and it landed onshore. Had to quick jerk it back though as a frog went for it ... don't know how to cook frog! *grin*
PBS really does have some jewels in among all their programs which I look forward to.
NJ's state hatchery is up here in the NW and they host fly tying classes ... it's just fun to go up there and check their outdoor manmade stream where they'll let the monster trout breeders swim ... don't know what I'd do if I ever hooked one of those.
I've had the bad cast thing work also. I was using a bully fly cast into the weeds got hung up, and when i pulled free a 13" redear hit it. Sounds like NJ's state hatchery is a good place to visit! I'm with you on not knowing what to do if I ever hooked amonster fish.