The GILL~GETTER is a Subsurface Pattern for Bluegill & Other Sunfish that is of the style known as "Bream Killers". This style is marked by the use of Rubber Hackle in the pattern's construction. Most Bream Killer style patterns are lightly or none weighted, so that they sink slowly thru the water column. The Gill~Getter is the only pattern of this style that is weighted heavy; yet it is very effective at producing Bluegill (and other Sunfish species) and often Large Bluegill to boot.
Tying the Gill~Getter is easy enough, and should present no problems for an average or better Tyer, so let's tye one now...
HOOK : Daiichi 1560, TMC 3961; sizes #6 thru #12
THREAD : Black 140 Ultra Thread (or any 6/0 Black thread)
WEIGHT : 6 wraps of properly sized lead wire to hook size.
TAIL/SHELLBACK : Black Moose Body hair
BODY : Flo. Chartreuse Chenille
LEGS: White Round Rubber Hackle, "V'd" from each side of the body.
|STEP 1 : wrap a thread base along the shank, at the half way point along the hook shank, wrap the six turns of lead towards the hook eye. wrap your tying thread over and around the lead wire to secure it. coat the lead with head cement to seal it.|
|Step 5: You should end up with an "X" at the mid point of the shank, when viewed from above. This is the configuration we desire.add a small drop of cement to the wraps.|
|STEP 8 : coat the thread with a gloss cement, such as Hard As Hull and you are now finished|
The GILL~GETTER was originally tyed with green Pipe Cleaner for the body, but it has evolved along to the Flo. Chartreuse Chenille you see in the dressing today. I have even seen folks using Flo. Pink Chenille for the Body and getting plenty of action from the Sunfish on that Variation.
Not only will the Gill~Getter catch Bluegill and other Sunfish, but Largemouth also find it delectable in the larger sizes. I've fished the Gill~Getter since 1980 and have always found it effective. I know you'll find it useful for your Warmwater Adventures as well.....