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Old 05-01-2003, 10:39 AM
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Catfish on a wooly bugger.

I think I was using a wooly bugger when I caught a foot long catfish in about two feet of water. Is this common. Long as I'm here- could anyone show me a wooly bugger so I know if I got it right?
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Old 05-01-2003, 10:57 AM
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Welcome, IMHO catching a catfish on a fly is not a common occurance.

There are a couple of images of wooly buggers in this thread. They also often have bead heads as shown here.
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I'm willing to bet it looked like a leech or a worm to the catfish -

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Old 05-01-2003, 11:18 AM
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It was a wooly bugger.

Turns out I was using one. Not as ornate as the two I just looked at. It came out of a Wal-Mart fly pack.
I think the little bugger just drifted to the bottom at the right time and catfish thought he was having a free caterpillar meal. I've heard of the locals catching big cats on live minnows.
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Old 05-01-2003, 12:41 PM
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Catfish on fly

I too have caught channel cats on fly. Morania it sounds like you are located in NC? Give me a holler
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It's a Carolina thing

The rest of the country is gonna think we did something to these poor fish. They think they're just ugly trout.

I'm on Knotts Island up here at the Virginia border. I have some shipmates from Morehead City.
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It sounds like you are just starting out in flyfishing. Check out my website and see if that helps you get going in the right direction. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress.
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i wasn't fly fishing but i was fishing for bass w/ a spinnerbait and caught about a 5 pound cat
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I was just thinking about how crazy it would be hookin a Catfish with a fly, but never heard of anyone ever catching one. Way to go bud!
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Old 05-02-2003, 01:02 AM
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My mistake

Turns out it was a wooly worm, not a bugger.
But hey, I identified the catfish correctly.
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I was just thinking about how crazy it would be hookin a Catfish with a fly, but never heard of anyone ever catching one. Way to go bud!
On the Red River, north of Winnipeg, they catch monster channel cats. As well as carp (people come from England for them) drum, walleye, sauger and the odd sturgeon! So this year i'm gonna git me some
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Old 05-02-2003, 04:56 PM
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I've seen alot of carp caught on a fly, but monster channel cats! That would be awesome. I come from a huge catfish fishing family, my uncle is a catfish guide on the Ohio River and my father has travelled all over the country doing quite well in Catfish tournaments.
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Talking Damn Cats

They catch them best during low water times below the Lockport damn. So if you can find a similiar situation......BIG fish on
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ky catfish

we fish a helluva lot of wooly buggers for bass and other species. this time of year, we fish them almost exclusively, and yes on almost every trip, someone manages to land a nice cat. we have caught many cats on minnow imitations and leech patterns...dave's craw patterns work well all summer long in my local haunts....had a nice fast action rod snapped by a nice flathead last year....still got the big boy to the bank....nice dinner, he was
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Re: ky catfish

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....had a nice fast action rod snapped by a nice flathead last year....still got the big boy to the bank....nice dinner, he was
LOL, he deserved it!

From what I've read and seen on tv, flatheads are more of a predator than a scavenger and actually prefer live food/bait.

In my area we have more bullheads than catfish, but even they will go after lures on occasion. I've also seen a bullhead in an aquarium chasing and eating bait fish. We'd net a bunch of bait, dump it into the tank and enjoy the show. The tank also had sunfish, perch, crappie and largemouths, and the bullhead chased down the bait just as aggressively as the rest of the fish. It would continue to grab bait even before it was even done swallowing what it had in its mouth!

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