Longear and Leaves

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Longear and Leaves

Post by swellcat » Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:44 pm

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Were I to have an aquarium, longear sunfish could provide plenty of colour.

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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by Mataura mayfly » Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:33 pm

What a neat composition! Beautiful colour tones to the entire shot, but those fish are stunning.
So what big ole bead head soft hackle did it decide was dinner?
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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by tjd » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:38 pm

Beautiful photo and fish! Lots of fun to catch!

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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by swellcat » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:55 pm

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Thanks for the kind replies.

Longears (much like Jimmy Dickens) tend to be little, but they're loud.

The fly was carefully selected . . . because it happened to be stuck on the outside of the tackle bag.

Hook: Mustad 9671 – 12
Tail: "Phezabou" – the über-billowy ringneck rump feathers, natural
Abdomen: Separated strand of DMC Mouliné Light Effects metallic embroidery floss in pearlescent cream
Thorax: Dark olive dubbing
Hackle: Phezabou
Head: 6/0 (4mm or so) Czech glass bead

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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by letumgo » Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:10 pm

Gorgeous photo. Do you mind if I save a copy? Such a nice composition of colors.

I've never seen a longear before. Lovely fish.
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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by swellcat » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:54 pm

Glad I posted it, then. Here, should you like, is a link to a bit higher resolution: http://oi62.tinypic.com/2yxpzf9.jpg.

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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by Narrow Lane » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:48 am

Gorgeous colors. Beautiful late-night viewing for an insomniac.
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Post by letumgo » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:35 pm

Thanks for the link. I saved a copy of the photo.
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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by DOUGSDEN » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:25 pm

Swellcat,
You are singing my song! What a great looking fish on such an unusual fly! I live for sunfishes in all varieties including your perfect catch of this magnificent longear. Have you ever run across the brightly colored pumkinseed? I live the steely blue markings up and over the top of this fish and around the gills as well! You did a good job in bringing this beauty to us in such an awesome backdrop! We want to see more of your stuff in the future!
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Re: Longear and Leaves

Post by michaelgmcgraw » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:11 pm

That is a very nice photo, don't see many bluegills around here like that.
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