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What would be a good fly for Catfish?


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#16 mikechell

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

All ... and I mean ALL larger adult catfish are predators.  Smaller cats will scavenge more than chase, but the larger they are, the more likely they'll go after something alive.  Bug Blues, Flathead and Channels are almost exclusively live prey eaters, although once a scavenger, always a scavenger.

The reason I say this is for the target catfish, the prey has to mimic the food base.  Not as precisely as trout flies, but here's an example.  

Flatheads, like bass, are structure oriented.  Their main prey are sunfish swimming in the same area and the Flathead is an ambush feeder.  They lie in wait, using that huge mouth to suck in bream that get a little too close.  You want to catch a Flathead, tie a bluegill pattern with an EXCELLENT weed guard so you can pull it through the heaviest cover.  You've got to drop this fly right into the Flathead's range of "inhalation", so you can't go too deep into the cover.  Hang on, because you could hook a good size large mouth or a 40 pound Flathead.

Blue catfish are like the Great Whites of the fresh water world.  I wish they'd eat skiers, but they aren't THAT much like Great Whites.  They do, however, cruise the open water, and they'll take any fish that looks wounded or unaware.  They are chasers, they will run down a struggling bait fish or bream or bass or anything else they think will fit into their mouth.  The mouth is somewhat smaller than a Flathead's, and they don't rely on ambush.  They will put on a burst of speed to close the distance and get within inches to inhale the food.  Strikes from Blues are generally vicious.

Most other cats will take minnows and other normal small food chain items when they get middle age, settling into ambush and scavenging in adult stages.  Any injured bait fish or bottom dwelling species patterns will catch catfish if you put it close enough.


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

... and I mean ALL larger adult catfish are predators.  Smaller cats will scavenge more than chase, but the larger they are, the more likely they'll go after something alive.  Bug Blues, Flathead and Channels are almost exclusively live prey eaters, although once a scavenger, always a scavenger.

The reason I say this is for the target catfish, the prey has to mimic the food base.  Not as precisely as trout flies, but here's an example.  

Flatheads, like bass, are structure oriented.  Their main prey are sunfish swimming in the same area and the Flathead is an ambush feeder.  They lie in wait, using that huge mouth to suck in bream that get a little too close.  You want to catch a Flathead, tie a bluegill pattern with an EXCELLENT weed guard so you can pull it through the heaviest cover.  You've got to drop this fly right into the Flathead's range of "inhalation", so you can't go too deep into the cover.  Hang on, because you could hook a good size large mouth or a 40 pound Flathead.

Blue catfish are like the Great Whites of the fresh water world.  I wish they'd eat skiers, but they aren't THAT much like Great Whites.  They do, however, cruise the open water, and they'll take any fish that looks wounded or unaware.  They are chasers, they will run down a struggling bait fish or bream or bass or anything else they think will fit into their mouth.  The mouth is somewhat smaller than a Flathead's, and they don't rely on ambush.  They will put on a burst of speed to close the distance and get within inches to inhale the food.  Strikes from Blues are generally vicious.

Most other cats will take minnows and other normal small food chain items when they get middle age, settling into ambush and scavenging in adult stages.  Any injured bait fish or bottom dwelling species patterns will catch catfish if you put it close enough.

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Hows this pattern for Flathead hunting Mikechell?



#18 mikechell

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:34 PM

Pretty, and a great Redbreast imitation.  If you can keep it from hanging up, you'll get something on that ... maybe a Flathead.  The only caution I have is to tie in a weed guard.  You'll be pulling over then dropping this off twigs and other submerged cover if you want a big one.

 

That is a pretty fly, though!


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

add some catnip for flavor to it..


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

My best luck has been with wooly buggers, crayfish and clousers, mostly because that's what I'm tossing when I accidentally hook into one.

 

 

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#22 Tee Nootsie Brasseau

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:27 PM

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:46 AM

the only cat ive ever caught was on a wolly bugger



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:48 AM

the only cat ive ever caught was on a wolly bugger


Yep I second that. Brightly coloured ones. I've hooked a few on bright orange ones

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 08:57 PM

Buggers; black and white. I catch channel cats all day long on buggers (in Ohio). Size 6 nymph hook. Bead head with lead. Swing it if on a river. Low and slow, slight jerks.

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 08:43 AM

I have caught many on a black body with olive tail, and all black wooly bugger. Also, If you have a fish feeder on the body of water you fish, I catch a ton on a fly tied to look like the food pellet. It is a blast!!!!  Amazed many a friend doing that little trick.



#28 Jolly Red

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 06:55 PM

I have caught some fiddlers while using a black cricket for bluegill.  



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 05:39 PM

I had the exact same question, maybe not flatheads, but a channel or a bullhead would be nice to catch, flatheads and blues don't I've nearby. By the way beautiful sunfish imitation, could you go into detail on how to tie that, its a thing of beauty. Even just the materials used would be fine. 



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 03:44 PM

Tim, Look for tying instructions for the EP Baitfish fly.  It's a fairly easy tie, just time consuming and messy, lol.  

 

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