Catching a mess of bluegill, longear sunfish, or other hard-fighting, tasty fish that fall under the category of” panfish” is one of the most enjoyable activities there is.
They are all commonly referred to as” perch” in Texas.
The next level of fun is pursuing them on a flyrod, and for TF & G Editor-In-Chief Chester Moore, doing so has developed into his passion.
During the pandemic, I rediscovered travel fish, and it has since developed into a full-fledged love. I frequently go bass fish on the fly, catch some fish outside of the state, and spent a lot of time fishing for seat with families.
Through specialized expeditions and coaching, Moore’s Higher Calling Wildlife awareness aims to help children who are having particular conservation challenges.
” I’ve inspired a few people to fly fish, and it goes without saying that Texas’ riverbeds rivers and streams are teeming with everything from Rio Grande fishes to the traditional bluegill.”
Moore claimed that he always drives or flies with an entrance level Martin travel pairing.
He remarked,” I’ve caught all from Yellowstone tough on that to peacock bass in Florida.”
However, he has recently been collaborating with Capt. On some specialty rod, Steve” Scooby” Stubbe of Mudfish Adventures in Toledo Bend.
” He made me this wonderful five pounds that has enough action to make catching large perch a ton of fun, as well as enough backbone for some of the 3 to 4 lb bass I’ve been fishing.” I can use this to put a state mile, he said.
The” Purple Perch Plucker,” a unique Mudfish Adventures creation, was acquired by Paul Fuzinski of Aptitude Outdoors, another TF & G contributor.
It weighs three pounds and is fantastic for bluegill and another panfish. I’ve been using it in Ohio, and Chester and I just used it to fish for salmon in the Big and Little Thompson Rivers in Colorado.
When it comes to the development of rods, Fuzinski said Stubbe is like a hungry professor in the best possible way.
The Purple Perch Plucker allows me to take longer, precise pictures with tiny fly in addition to having a very great appearance.
Moore enjoys two specific drop panfish patterns.
The passion bug design, as I like to call it. It is a dark goddess with an orange or reddish spot. In the fall, there are a lot of lovebugs, and if they hit the water, rod did smash them. I’ll use a little bee-patterned nymph in extremely clear water, he said.
Fuzinkski is a huge fan of top-water actions and claimed that in the early fall, he prefers small poppers in natural colors.
It’s so entertaining to watch them mangle a small popper, he said, adding that they enjoy hitting the area, especially in the evening.
Flying Upstream, a video about three companions going hunting, was only released by Fuzinksi and Moore.
” Paul and Chester are two fantastic men who are vivacious and passionate about hunting and luring people in. Stubbe said,” I’m proud of them for the fantastic film they produced and for working with them to create some unique fishing rod.”
A unique fly rod will be auctioned off every three months starting in 2024 for upcoming Higher Calling Wildlife communities.
It’s wonderful to own Captain, and we’re making a huge difference in the lives of children. Scooby and Mudfish Adventures are assisting with that, as well as ensuring that Paul and I have top-notch equipment for our upcoming special hunting expeditions, Moore said.