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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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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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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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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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Longear Sunfish, September 2014, Fish of the Month!


Longear Sunfish

Lepomis megalotus

Local Names:

Creek perch, Long-eared bream, Big-eared sunfish, Bloody sunfish, Blackears, Cherry bream

Average Size:

5 to 7 inches

Distinguishing Field Marks:

(See the illustration.)

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.


Beginning with small zooplankton, the diet later includes aquatic invertebrates, and finally shows a distinct preference for snails, hence the species' common name; Shellcracker.


Later than either Bluegills or Pumpkinseeds, Longear sunfish move into their shallow water nesting locations in summer. Nearly identical to Bluegill and Pumpkinseed spawnings, Longear sunfish eggs are released and fertilized in small numbers interspersed with the pair's returning to swimming in circles around the nest. Additional matings with several other individuals will take place to complete the spawning activity. The females are driven from the nests after spawning and the males re-mate and remain at the nest to aerate the eggs and protect the newly hatched young for a few days.

Adult Longear sunfish inhabit the water of clear slow-moving streams, with moderate stands of vegetation, and gravel or sand bottoms. They are occasionally found in warm lakes and reservoirs.

Fly Fishing for Longear Sunfish:

Approach the Longer sunfish as you would our other small sunfish species: 2 to 4 weight outfits to cast small poppers, bugs, and sub-surface flies, such as Wooly Worms and their like. This is another of our small sunfish species that when hooked puts up an excellent battle.

Significance to Humans:

Minimal, as an incidental game fish. Although small, this sunfish makes excellent table fare, and is another sunfish that can be a lovely addition to a home aquarium.