Archive for the Channel 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…

Couple of Spring Catfish

Its been slow…but here’s a couple of cats.

In Search of the Berry Munchers


The last few weeks have produced some nice catfish and bass despite the beavers attempts to thwart me.  I had always thought you found beavers in places like Colorado and Minnesota but there is good population here in Missouri.  When I go out night fishing the beavers  are really active.  They tend to swim into the water I am yet to fish and slap their tails.  They obviously don’t like me.  Even with all the noise I still manage a fish or two.






Yesterday I got the Kayak out on the Creek for the first time this year.  I had heard rumors of Mulberries falling and even saw some evidence myself.  Despite low water conditions I had to see what was going on in the lower end of the creek.

It felt really good to get on the water again.



I fished a little on the way down but I was there to check the Mulberry trees so I worked my way quickly down to the trees.


I passed several trees that were either not dropping or the water wasn’t high enough for the berries to hit the water.  I made my way to the last and best tree on the creek.  I pulled up not seeing the action I had come for.  I dropped anchor and took another look.  Sure enough there was  a Grass Carp right in the spot I would expect.   ” Yes! ” I thought to myself.   I tied on a size 8 Black ops and it didn’t take long before I landed 6 or 7 catfish and a Grass Carp.  Not the numbers I would have liked on the carp under a berry tree  but the cruising cloppers on the way back up the creek made up for the slow carp fishing.  All in all the little Black Ops landed 1 common, 6 or so grass carp and 6-7 Catfish, not bad for a day of fishing.  Even though I’ve done this many times in the past its still an amazing experience.


a Carp fly for grass and common carp