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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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David Ruimveld, is one of my favorite "Sporting Art" artists.

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.

Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada's Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Spotted Sunfish, February 2015, Fish of the Month!


Spotted Sunfish

Lepomis punctatus

Local Names:

Spotted bream, Scarlet sunfish, Stumpknocker, Red perch

Average Size:

6 to 8 inches

Distinguishing Field Marks:

(See the illustration.)

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.


Immature and adult aquatic and terrestrial insects make up the bulk of the diet of the Spotted sunfish. These fish are often observed jumping repeatedly at the side of a stump or other object protruding above the water's surface in an attempt to dislodge insects into the water. Other aquatic invertebrates and occasional small fishes make up the remainder of the diet of this species.


In its spawning behaviors, the Spotted sunfish is typical of the small members of this family which breed from late spring into mid-summer. Males defend nesting sites, clear the nest by fanning the bottom with their fins, actively select and court females, and typically spawn with several of them. At the end of each spawning, the male drives his latest date from the nest and courts another.

The male parent remains at the nest site, aerating it, and guarding the newly hatched brood until the fry have become free swimming.

Fly Fishing for Spotted Sunfish:

This species prefers the clear water of lakes, reservoirs, and small quiet streams, all with ample growths of vegetation.

Spotted sunfish are more solitary than are Pumpkinseeds or Bluegills, and will require some patience for those specifically targeting them.

Like all the small sunfish species, the Spotted sunfish makes a good account of itself when attached to the business end of 3 to 5 weight fly rod systems. Because of their solitary lifestyle, Spotted sunfish require a bit of patience to find and hook, otherwise they're very similar in their behaviors.

The Spotted sunfish's stump-knocking behavior may well allow us our most productive means of locating it. Landing a terrestrial imitating fly near the base of the knocked stump should make for some exciting targeted sun fishing.

Small wet flies and surface bugs and poppers will take the lion's share of these elegant little fish.

This is another of our native sunfish species that will thrive and make a pleasant addition to a large well-kept home aquarium.

Significance to Humans:



Of concern in some of its range, but generally maintaining.