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  1. #1
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    Default Dry Damsel Catfish (TR)

    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
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2l3eakqwYE]YouTube - Adam Carroll--Sno-Cone Man[/ame]

    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.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

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    Default Re: Dry Damsel Catfish (TR)

    Pretty cool trip report Cliff,

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

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    Default Re: Dry Damsel Catfish (TR)

    Yeah, neat report Cliff. Good looking Damsel Fly adult. Snakes huh? What kind was the one across the stream?

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    Default Re: Dry Damsel Catfish (TR)

    Nice report Cliffsurprising 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

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    Default Re: Dry Damsel Catfish (TR)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie View Post
    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 Quite harmless, but doesn't really look like it is.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

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