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What's Not to Like About Shellcrackers on the Fly?

Redear sunfish will take a fly and fight hard, and they're biting now.

What's Not to Like About Shellcrackers on the Fly?

Shellcracker, like all freshwater sunfish, are abundant all across the nation and a great summertime species target for fly anglers. (Photo by Lynn Burkhead)

With the height of panfish season upon us, fly anglers across the country currently have their best chance to catch a few whopper redear sunfish. They’re abundant, they’re shallow right now, they’re willing to take flies, and they make for an excellent meal at the dinner table.

In short, what’s not to like about playing the shell(cracker) game, even with a fly rod?

Known to many as shellcrackers—the redear sunfish species (Lepomis...

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