Archive for the Blue Catfish Category

My Weapon of Choice for Grass Carp, Catfish, and Bluegill: Dubbing and Tie.

Here’s a how to piece on a simple fly that outperforms almost everything else where I fish.   Throw on a Marabou tail and boom, another killer pattern, though geared more towards catfish and bass.  Do a hackle with that and get a hook point up wooly bugger!  Really though, I’ve barely tied on anything else the last month.  Did I mention how simple it is? You don’t need anything special just some black dubbing, eye’s, turkey feather in black or similar, and a hook.  Mix your own dubbing and you’ll have endless fun with this pattern… The flies below are all on size 4, which is good for bigger fish during the berry drop, maybe year round? Its a step up in size for me, but just barely.  Deadly effective, no matter what you fish for.  Have fun with it! Change the colors up and do whatever, but black and brown are my favorites.

top warm water fly

Fly Fishing for Carp and Catfish Missouri Style: June 2014

Come mid May and early June its all about getting on the backwaters and creeks of the lower Missouri River, or perhaps any lake or waterway. Once there, you need to hunt down  surface activity along the banks and under the tress. If your lucky you will see and hear berries dropping in the water.  If all else fails cast towards overhanging tree’s, shady areas, root wads and cutbanks, the closer the better usually…putting all 3 or 4 components together will yield your best opportunities. I like to use a small black fly…. like this.

the best mullbery fly

Black Ops on size 4 Gamakatsu sl45


I’d say I catch 5x more fish with a sinking fly than a floating…. i don’t even mess with the floating flies anymore period.

Fish hit anywhere from immediately to 7 strips in, but most fish will hit on splashdown or the first strip while the remainder hit within 3 or 4 strips. Larger flies and fishing deeper  starts to put you into exclusive catfish territory…so i always throw a Black Ops…  it takes all the fish species and  its the best thing i got going period, hands down for mulberry season.Is it a bait-fish? a leech, a nymph, or a mulberry? thats why this fly rocks… its whatever the fish wants and hopes it to be… and its no brain surgery to tie either.

and check out the damage

black ops fly fishing for carp

Grass Carp



Blue catfish on a black ops fly by

1 of 3 nice blues




Nice Channel cat


common carp


common carp on a black ops fly



here’s a couple vids. more coming soon..




All on this…

Its Been A While…..Mulberry Hatch 2013!


The End of 2012….



Time really got away from me this year.   Time is a funny thing.   I wake early and fish till dark,  the time rushing bye almost in the blink of an eye. More time is what I need and yet there is never enough.  All the things I wanted to do and learn, and somehow, its too much.  Beyond my reach.  2012?  The fishing year is almost at an end for me.  In 9 days I take to the roof tops once again to hang Christmas lights in the west St. Louis area.  Fishing will not resume until mid December.  If I can stand the weather I will have a couple prime opportunities, maybe.  There are a couple power plant discharges around…for the hybrids on both the Missouri and the Mississippi.   And of course blue cats are supposed to be just as active in the winter as they are in warm water….I’ve gone all year  and not caught a blue catfish!  Today was lucky for me…

blue catfish caught on a fly rod



I tied up over sized black leeches with silver crystal flash in the tail last night, lots of legs, extra bead eyes for rattle and weed guards.  This pattern produces well(!) Get rid of the legs tie it on a size 4 and you’ve got a killer pattern for any species…go enven smaller and use turkey for the tail and you ‘ve my best grass carp fly! Here she is…. Silver seems to be a hot flash color on the Missouri.


I had on full sink.  I made a 30 ft cast straight out.  I slowly stripped until I had about 15 ft left out.  The line was tight going almost straight down but was not on bottom.  I let the line just sit and slowly drift between stripping.  With about 12 ft out  I saw the tell tail “tap” hit my line. I set the hook, nothing much to note about the fight…typical sorta catch for me I guess, but not typical at all!

One thing to note…I may be overdoing the size of my flies….Check out this blue cat I caught a few years back… and the fly I caught him on



This fly was fished about 8 ft under an indicator…thrown up tight to submerged brush in “my” creek, no current!  I can’t stand to fish like that but I was…I was actually looking off over my shoulder when I turned back to see my indicator just under the surface…I did the mental calculus real quick and decided I should set the hook.  I set and nothing really happened but I knew it was a late set so I hit it about three more times and then held. It slowly started to move then took off! I think I only had 10 lb test on, but the Konic took care of him no problem.  Awesome fish!


Maybe I should be drifting one of these more often out in the main river???tappin bottom and all might be good with something like this… I think so. …Take note the tail of this bead head cadis is fly line, and it has rubber legs too.  Blue cats may like the smell or feel of rubber and or plastic.  Check out how long that fishes whiskers are in the first photo…those things must come into play no?   I have no idea how a fish 8 ft deep in chocolate milk can “see” a fly.

Well, I also got a nice unseen grass carp yesterday! I was throwing a little headstand backstabber/creek stabber to some fish I had disturbed while slowly walking…  I figured there might be more fish around and carp often circle back….to see what scared them (at least when is a fly they will).  There was some comotion, I think I scared a grassie then another came outa nowhere and took me for a ride.  Sweet!



















Heres the fly I got the blue cat on...



























and….one more drum.  Peace out 2012!