Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My First Catfish & The Backstabber Fly AGAIN!

I had an unexpected surprise while getting some fly fishing in after work yesterday.  I landed my first Catfish on the fly rod! I got him on the backstabber carp fly developed by Jay Zimmerman.  I have been doing great at a local city pond catching bass on the backstabber.  My hope was to get a carp with the thing, but I haven't seen any to cast to.  However, on this short outing, I landed the catfish, 3 bass and a bluegill all on a black and olive size 6 backstabber.  I love this fly. 

Click Here to  learn how to tie the fly.    

Landing the catfish took some work.  I am guessing it was about 3lbs ish.  It fought hard too.  That was the hardest fish I have ever tried to land.  It would take these long runs and bull dog me.  I had a 9lb leader and 4lb tippet on.  I am not real familiar with how hard this stuff can be pushed, so I was worried to say the least.   

I also made a pvc rod holder to protect my fly rod in the car.  Easy to make and cheap.  Check out this blog for instructions on how to make your own.  

I still have hopes of getting a carp on the fly and I am still trying to go after gar on the fly rod.  I know I am not your typical fly fisherman, but I live in the St. Louis Metro East area.  I have to fish for what is around.  


  1. Damn! Those are good-sized fish! I love it!

  2. Thanks for reading Jay and a big thanks for the backstabber fly. That thing is awesome.

  3. You simply fish for what is there, you are a lucky person to have the fishing you do, close waters, big fish (nice cat) very different waters and species. You are in a good place.