I've been having such a wonderful time with the channel cats at dusk and after dark. The smallmouth bass are in a decline, but that doesn't stop me from having some fishing fun.
Sometimes my 5wt Sage FLi with Mastery invis sink tip line, and sometimes my Orvis 8wt Clearwater II with Orvis clear intermediate.
I've been catchin' over a dozen nice cats every time I go out! and usually a few rockbass as well.
A couple weeks ago I tried my spin rod with a floating Rapala and caught the same amount. Then I tried a slip bobber with liver and even live minnows and caught a little over a dozen.
A flyrod with the streamers I tie myself is the best thrill fishing has to offer. IMHO! The cats will hit a woolybugger just as good as they will hit a live minnow!!
I think that they stock the channel cats in the Susquehanna. Strange........ and they also stock the walleyes. The smallmouth bass are native and they don't stock them....... to my knowledge.
Maybe not trout, but good enough for me.
A channel cat over 20" is way too much for a 5wt! I've caught some huge cats that pull all the line on my 8wt and go deep into the backing!! This just might become the "poor mans salmon"
A "incident" for me last week, but I can't let that spoil my flyfishing fun.
My longrodding friends, if the trout streams are almost dried up..... try the warmwater near you.... you just might be suprised!