I went to the local stream (Neshaminy Creek) this afternoon, hoping to find
some panfish activity. I was using my 8'6" Sage ZXL, and a #12 Green Weenie
on a 7.5' 4X leader. After about 15 minutes, I hooked into this guy
He wasn't too fiesty until I had him in sight, and my Evolution reel was singing..LOL! I pulled my trout net out, but dropped it once I got a look at
his size. Instead, I just moved him into the a few inches of water, but not
until he made 4-5 runs. My boot size is 13, so you can use that as a reference. I'm guessing he was a mile long
On the one hand, it made my week that I caught this catfish on a fly, but
on the other hand, the little bluegill I was hoping for just weren't going to
cut it after this! I've seen pods of large catfish in that stream before, but
never had any go for a fly. In fact, other than a 15" catfish I caught using a
wooly bugger last year, I never caught a catfish on a fly.
The Sage ZXL was fantastic! The wind was up and gusting, and that's a
rather hefty fish. No Problems!
P.S. The fish did have a gash near its tail. This section of Neshaminy Creek is tidal, and right near the Delaware River. Lots
of big everything roam this section, including stripers and even crabs later in the summer! BIG CRABS!