View Full Version : Dry Damsel Catfish (TR)

08-03-2010, 11:25 AM
My wife noticed that I had been a bit red-lined with "family management" lately, and sent me off to fish for the remainder of the weekend once her parents hit the road.

Great music for such a getaway
YouTube - Adam Carroll--Sno-Cone Man

Too bad it was the hottest day yet of 2010,

San Antonio hit its first 100-degree day this summer on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

but that's alright.

I know a spot where the river's cool, and the trees are tall.

Headed out past some local landmarks-


and got started quickly on the 40 or so sunfish and bass.


Even the skinny critters were staying VERY shaded.


After I'd worked downstream a ways, the catching slowed a bit. I started hearing these odd gulp/inhale/suction takes that were quite loud given how little boil they produced. They were scattered quite a bit, and the water was too stained to get a good visual of what was going on. I figured maybe I had lucked into surface feeding carp.

I tried drifting the fluorescent foam and rubber legged bug I had tied on down where I'd seen the boils and got nothing. I was seeing tons of damsels flying around, so I figured I'd give that a shot.

Tied on one of these,


and on the first or second drift it got gulped.

I had no idea what it was, and was pretty damn excited to find out. It was way bigger than the runts I'd been catching, and fought like a bottom feeder.

Turned out to be a whiskerfish!


Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it myself.

08-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Pretty cool trip report Cliff,

I guess everything but a sucker feeds on the surface sometime or another.

08-03-2010, 11:47 AM
Yeah, neat report Cliff. Good looking Damsel Fly adult. Snakes huh? What kind was the one across the stream?

08-03-2010, 11:56 AM
Nice report Cliff:thumbsup:surprising indeed to see a cat taking a dry...hope none of the huge ones we've got here will take my fly...they sometimes rise on ducks,rats...or dogs:eek::eek::eek:

08-03-2010, 12:18 PM
Snakes huh? What kind was the one across the stream?

I'm fairly sure it was one that's very common on our rivers, the Diamondback Water Snake. DiamondbackWS (http://www.houstonherp.com/DiamondbackWS.html) Quite harmless, but doesn't really look like it is.