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  1. Default Smallmouth and Channel Cats

    Another wonderful day with my flyrod.
    I waded the Susquehanna with my 6wt. I caught a couple smallmouth and a half dozen channel cats.
    One cat must have been over 5 lbs!! It took me over 10 mins to bring him in!!
    I don't know why, but when summer comes I always downsize to a 6wt or a 4wt with tiny size 10 flies. I catch some tiny fish with tiny flies.
    Today I used size 4 or 2 and my fishing improved big time!
    I just tied some leadhead buggers and tomorrow I'll take my 8wt.
    I was just going too small and all I was catching was 4" rockbass or tiny 8" channel cats.
    Comfy weather now. The Susquehanna is still shallow, but the water is starting to get a little cooler.
    The fall bite is about to start.
    Another day in Nirvana.




    "People are crazy, times are strange"
    "I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range"
    "I used to care, but things have changed"
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    Default Re: Smallmouth and Channel Cats

    What section of the susky were you on?? I fish the upper stretch along ny and pa..
    sandfly/ bob
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    I did not escape.....they gave me a day pass!
    from the outer edge of nowhere
    fly tying and fishing Gillie..

  3. Default Re: Smallmouth and Channel Cats

    Sandfly,

    The water up in your area is a lot better than the dead zone down here!! I caught those fish near Columbia..... way downstream from Harrisburg although I usually fish just above Harrisburg.

    Another fly shop owner, Bob Clouser, fishes the same water I do and he is very upset with the Susquehanna conditions in the south central stretch.

    I used to catch hundreds of smallmouth, but now I'm lucky if I can manage one!!

    I try not to let this get me down. I still love to flyfish so I go for what is available.

    All the feeder streams have some chubs and rockbass. And they stock channel cats in the river every so often.

    Channel cats like a woolybugger better than a hunk of liver or a live minnow!! I'm living proof of that!!

    "People are crazy, times are strange"
    "I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range"
    "I used to care, but things have changed"
    - Dylan

  4. Default Re: Smallmouth and Channel Cats

    great pics!

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