Fly Fishing for Sunfish
Sunfish of nearly all kinds will rise to a fly. The best fishing is to be had in late afternoon and evening, when a light breeze is blowing. The tackle should be a light fly rod, the lighter the better, a small single action reel, smallest enameled silk line, light single gut leader, three feet long, and small trout flies.
It should be understood by all who read this book that what I describe as the "best" tackle is the kind I think best, and you may have different ideas on this subject. I would not expect anybody to buy a special fly outfit for catching sunfish, but I mean that this is what I consider most fitting, and if you have such tackle, use it, but if you have not got that kind, use what you have, for almost any kind of fish can be taken with almost any kind of tackle, if it is properly, handled. You can catch sunfish with a long cane pole, a cotton line, ringed hook and bait, but will get more enjoyment out of your fishing if you have fine, light tackle to use for them. As a further illustration, large muskellunge, pike, and Atlantic salmon have been taken with a common light trout fly rod and tackle, and the large and gamey ocean fish are sometimes taken on tackle as light as that sometimes used for black bass and such fish — at the same time they are hauled in by fishermen using a heavy handline. Therefore, when I say that a rod of this kind, and that kind of a line, is the kind to use. I mean that if you have that kind, use it, or if you want to buy special tackle for that kind of fish, buy the kind described, otherwise, use what you have — be content with it and enjoy your fishing, for you will not enjoy it much if you are continually thinking of some other person's fine tackle, and the common outfit that you have to use.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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