Another surface fly that will ring the bluegill's dinner bell is Bruce's Foam Beetle. This is tied with the bluegill's favorite color -- yellow. Just as the smallmouth bass has its favorite color (which is chartreuse), bluegills seem to find yellow irresistible. The main ingredient of this fly is a yellow closed cell foam body with grizzly hackle for legs. It is a simple, quick fly that will withstand the ravages of a lot of fish without needing any repair or floatant.
At times the simplest fly is the best fly. I like simple flies; they're easy to tie and they catch fish. The Bruce's Chenille Fly is a perfect example of a simple fly; it's extremely easy to tie and it will take panfish time after time. It also uses the bluegill's favorite food color (yellow). It works on trout, too.
One of my fishing heroes when I first got into fly fishing was the late Joe Brooks. Although he fished all over the world, he lived in my home state of Maryland, where he fished for smallmouth and largemouth bass, trout and bluegill. His love for fishing encompassed just about all fish species. One of Joe's fly patterns that I first used for panfish was his Black Lacquered Ant, now we have epoxy.
White & Hickory Shad Flies