Monday, October 14, 2013


 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...


  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 2 : cut a good amount of Black Moose Body Hair from the hide. Carefully clean out the short hairs and fuzz, even up the tips in your Hair stacker. measure the tips so they are roughly the length of the hook shank and tye in at the bend of the hook for the tail. Do not cut off the butt sections. add a few drops of glue to the thread wraps to secure them.
STEP 3 :  cut a length of Flo. Chartreuse Chenille. Carefully remove the Nylon fibers from the thread core and tye in the thread core right at the Tail, doing a number of thread wraps to force the Moose Body hair up out of your way. advance your thread forward to about the half way point along the hook shank.
STEP 4 : Cut two lengths of White Round Rubber hackle to about 2 inches in length each section. and fold one length around the tying thread so the tips of the Rubber hackle met. slip the Rubber hackle into the side of the Body and bind it down. repeat this step on the other side of the body.
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 6 : coat the thread wraps along the hook shank with Aquaflex  and then wrap the Chenille forward towards the hook eye. when you get to the Rubber Hackle make certain you wrap snug up behind the rubber hackle and then carefully wrap the Chenille between the the rubber legs - this forces the legs apart on each side. proceed forward to the hook eye, tye off the chenille, cut the remaining chenille off , half hitch and add a drop of head cement.

STEP 7 : Carefully pull the Moose Body Hair sections over the top of the body, taking care not to catch and bind down the Rubber hackle legs. tye off at the front of the body, trim the butt sections on an angle , add a drop of Head Cement and build a small tapered head. whip finish and cut off your thread.
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.....

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