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Cat Fly? Always wondered if catfish would take a fly

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#1 Willie Rip

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 04:53 AM

#2 feathers5


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 06:28 AM

Cool and very interesting.

#3 Rocco


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 09:03 AM

Nothing to add except... when I was bass fishing with casting gear I caught lots of the slimy devils but only on chartreuse worms and spinner baits.   Can't begin to say why.



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Posted 09 June 2019 - 09:24 PM

Yes, catfish will take a fly.  This is from 2016.



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Posted 11 June 2019 - 09:46 AM

I take the occasional channel cat while fly fishing for smallouth.  They're vastly underrated as a game fish.


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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:13 AM

I fished wooly buggers near a spillway that was pretty much limited to carp and catfish and was able to purposely catch quite a few. Surprising to many people, catfish are predators and not just bottom feeders. But they are bottom oriented and use taste/smell as much or more than sight.  So fly fishing is not the preferred method of targeting whisker fish but you might get a surprise once in a while. 

A few weeks ago, my nephew and I came up on some catfishermen using hot dogs for bait. One had a fish on and brought in a nice 20" walleye. My nephew said, "Next time we fish, I want to use hot dogs so I can catch a walleye." I told him a quote from a Mark Martin seminar(walleye guy, not race car guy), "The worst thing you can do is catch a fish doing something dumb." The point was that although it CAN happen, don't let that convince you that it's the best way to target them.