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    Question Channel Cats

    What fly and method do you use to catch channel cat?
    Thanks.

    Bob

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    I haven't caught any, yet. I have read many of the older threads on this subject on this board. It comes down to two different methods:

    1) Dark Wooly Buggers or Leach patterns.
    2) Go to a craft store, and get some "pom pom" fuzzballs. Skewer one on a fly hook, and dip into a container of chicken liver to soak up the juices. Cast it into a the tail of a riffle or the head of a hole, and let it drift.

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    Ive caught them on wooly buggers and Clousers while fishing for bass.They will hit a fly like any other predator fish.I even got one on a popper one night.Hit it like a freight train,thought I had a good bass.

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    Look for rip-rap areas around dams, roads, and boat ramps that have deeper water nearby. I get them while crappie/bass fishing on clousers in #2 or 4. When they spawn, the rocky areas are really good. Early morning and late evening are best to get them while they're up close. I might take a run out later to see if they're hungry.

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    Thanks for the help.
    I should have mentioned, I am fishing in a Texas Parks & Wildlife Community Lake. It is actually a 1 1/2 acre pond that is stocked with channel cat, once a year.

    Bob

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    I've had the best luck with dark wooly buggers. I confess to rubbing one with sunfish guts on one occasion. You never know though...I caught more than one on #14 bead head nymph pulled verrrry slowly along the bottom of a pond.
    A right emblem it may be, of the uncertain things of this world; that when men have sold them selves for them, they vanish into smoke. ~ William Bradford
    I finally realized that Life is a metaphor for Fly Fishing.

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    I caught this one: 1st catfish on a fly.jpgon this fly: carp fly 001.jpg
    "Give advice when asked. Give praise when appropriate. Give discipline when needed. Give respect always."

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    Thanks, All. Your info gives me ideas to try.

    Bob

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    I also have caught them on a variety of flies...mostly nymph or leech patterns, or woolly bugger/ woolly worm patterns.
    This "Jumpin' Catfish Nymph" seems to work:
    http://freestateflyfishers.org/jumpin-catfish-nymph/


    Evenings right at dusk seems to be about the best time. I've caught 'em on bass poppers at night as well.
    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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    I usually get them by accident while bass fishing, and usually deep. Weighted nymphs or woolies.
    There have never in history been so many opportunities to do so many things that aren't worth doing. - William Gaddis

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