No, not this kind of Cat you silly fool!
Nor, this one either!
Must give credit here where credit is due. These fine looking Catfish were borrowed here from the good folks at Moldy Chum
Back to fly fishing in Idaho. I had on two different occasions while fishing for other fish, stumbled upon the fact, that I could catch Catfish on a fly rod. More than one fish also each time so I had to figure that it could be done. Complete surprise and lack of new camera technology didn't allow me to have pictures to show you so I will quickly identify with just a short note on the fishing experience.
My first experience came while out float tubing a lake that was filled with downed trees on a fairly shallow end of a reservoir. I had targeted this area with some friends in attempting to find schooled Crappie. Me like Crappie! However, in tubing into the shallow water preparing to cast to Crappie, I viewed several Catfish lurking around. Well, the rest of that story is that I landed several Catfish on streamer patterns that were intended for Crappie. I was duly impressed.
Next story: I am floating a section of the Snake River down below Parma, Idaho, with a friend. This time from a small boat. We were targeting some Smallmouth Bass. As we floated along preparing to fish nymphs, fish were spotted rising in some calm water off to my right. I am thinking Smallmouth on a dry fly now. Off comes the nymph, and, quickly comes a Parachute Adams in a size #14. Rest of the story: No Smallmouth, these were Catfish actually rising to take my Parachute Adams. We had a blast fishing the slack water that midday. I kid you not, we could not find anyone to believe our story. But, I have the memory!
Now, that I am a Colorado resident and am focusing on writing my blog about WarmWater species of fly fishing for the most part, Catfish seem to be on my mind again. Can Catfish be caught on a fly rod?
You might know these two fellows if you hang around fly fishing much. Plus, this is home for me now so I have to share this video with you all.
Thanks to, Jay Zimmerman and Brian Schmidt for the use of their video here.
On my next post, we will review a few Catfish flies and talk about tying them up if you are interested in Fly Fishing For Catfish!