I'm seeing catfish in places that I've never seen them before. Every year is different, but this one is a strange one.I went out last Monday, and caught this fellow on a popper just before 8:00 am. It was my first time on this stretch of river. Popper action as well as surface activity were dead by about 8:30. The day saw some technical issues, including a broken rod and a mostly useless anchor. Guess I didn't put enough rocks in the bag. On the other hand, there were a ton of fish in some of the deeper, moving sections; bass, salmon, catfish, and carp could at times be seen all swimming together. In addition to the one pictured, I caught three 14-15" bass along with some small ones, and saw a pair of Caspian terns. Next time I'll know to leave myself more time for stopping, bring some sturdier flies, and rods, and rocks, and do better.
They are fickle. But I don't think I have a secret. The rod was new to me and I was itching to get it wet. Maybe catch a pikeminnow or two, because usually things are dead at this time of the year in my neck of the woods. It was 107 degrees air temp with water temp at 80. If I was a fish, I'd be sleeping in the depths, but strangely, there was a hatch going on and the smallies were rising for them (in there typically violent nature). I just tossed a small foam hopper into my favorite spot and watched the rod fold in two. Scared the crap out of me, until I realized it's supposed to do that. Fiberglass is new to me. I caught a few more and then changed it over to a streamer and even caught more. Other days at other times, I can see the fish and they just won't budge. Super spooky.Fickle bass, I think mornings are better than the evenings lately.
My problem (one of many) is scooting up to a juicy spot and plopping my fly right in the middle, than watching the torpedo speed off spooked.
Sometimes it needs to be on their nose, other times just on the table.
@Replicant you have the secret to a successful/fun outing. Light rig, medium smallies...tons of fun.