Fly Fishing for Catfish

Smell Ya Later

As we all know, catfish have an extra sensitive sense of smell. This means that they like stinky, live bait like chicken livers, fish, hot dogs, cheese and other things that smell strongly. Just like regular catfishing, it’s what’s on the end of your line that will get you a good catfish.

With fly fishing there is something extra that you need to think about. Funny smells attract catfish, but they can also drive cats away. Have you ever seen a catfish start going for the hook, and then suddenly dash off in the other direction? That’s because he’s smelling something he isn’t so sure he likes.

When you’re tying flies, you have to be extra careful that you aren’t getting any unwanted smells on the lure. One of the worst smells for catfish is insect repellent. This is a necessity for anybody who hangs around lakes or rivers, but it will also keep away the cats you are trying to catch. Heavy smokers should also be aware that catfish can sometimes smell the tobacco or nicotine from your fingers on that fly. Gasoline, suntan lotion and anything else with a heavy chemical odor can keep catfish from going for your line.

There aren’t so many guys out there who are brave enough to go for the whiskered fish with a fly. Why not be the first among your fishing buddies? Fly fishing for catfish is not as hard as everybody makes it out to be. You just need some patience, practice and perseverance.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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