Fly-fishing baits for bream

While the lion’s share of bream across North Carolina fall prey to natural baits, many fly-fishing enthusiasts turn to bream during the summer when trout can be less then cooperative. One of the most popular lure choices is Accardo’s Ligon Bream Killer.

Some years ago, the Accardo Tackle Company acquired the rights to the Ligon Bream Killer and has been producing the slow-sinking, wet fly ever since. Don Davis is a major distributor of Accardo products and who operates, an internet store that sells all manner of bream catching artificial baits.

“The Bream Killer is our best-selling fly and is No. 2 in sales of all of our baits behind the Accardo Miss Prissy,” Davis said.

The Bream Killer is hand-tied on a No. 8 hook with soft chenille topped with squirrel hair trim and white rubber legs. The slow-sinking action of the fly is more than big bream can resist. It is best fished on fly tackle but easily converts to spinning tackle with the use of a small popping cork or strike indicator for weight.

Davis also suggests using the Bream Killer in what he calls a “Popper-Dropper” rig.

“Personally, I like to use a 6-pound leader tippet about five feet long and add whatever cork-body popper you like,” he said. “The bug becomes your strike indicator and can also catch fish. To this, I add another 4-pound leader tippet about four feet long with a Bream Killer as the dropper. I simply tie the second tippet by sliding the line through the hook eye of the popper and tie it tight. You may want to experiment and vary the length and size of the secondary tippet to suit your dropper fly, cast and delivery. Seldom do the two lines entangle, and you will often catch two bluegill at the same time.”

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Phillip Gentry of Waterloo, S.C., is an avid outdoorsman and said if it swims, flies, hops or crawls, he's usually not too far behind.

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