The ideal tackle for bluegill fishing is typical Maryland trout tackle, 4- to 6-weight fly rods, 8 to 9 feet long, with a 9-foot leader tapered to 3X. A wide range of flies work, but the key criteria seem to be small size and having rubber legs. I prefer size 10 foam body poppers with rubber legs. The classic sponge spider fly, with rubber legs, is another great pattern, one that is usually fished on the surface but also, with a bit of weight, is a deadly slow sinking fly. Other good patterns include floating or sinking ants; Sneaky Pete, 1/80 ounce marabou jigs, size 10 or 12 beadhead wet fly patterns, bushy dry flies the same size, wooly buggers and size-0 Flicker Spinners.