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 Post subject: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:32 pm • # 1 
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There is a lake about 10 minutes from my house. That has trout and bullhead.
I've caught bullhead with corn on a light setup. Has anyone found a fly they will eat? Anyone even tryed?


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:02 pm • # 2 
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Ive caught bullheads on woolly buggers, pistol petes and clousers.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:17 pm • # 3 
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Same as Cliff, woolly buggers. Also crappie tubes or strips of tubes on a fly rod.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:49 pm • # 4 
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I've caught quite a few channel cat on flies, but I will admit to being a little surprised when I caught a bullhead on a wooly bugger. Put up a pretty good fight on a 3 weight.

Larry


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:52 am • # 5 
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what cliff said.

In my creeks they seem to like a dirty or turbid water bite, and a fly dropped deeper.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:03 am • # 6 
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I couldn't begin to tell you why, but I've had great success with an all black Byrd's Gillbuster. Gold barbell eyes and some black rubber legs behind the eye.
Seems like every time I tied one on I get into catfish.
I have thought about tying a wooly bugger in the same fashion, and dipping in some sort of stink bait. It would have to work great in muddy water and deeper pockets in still water.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:35 pm • # 7 
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I've only targeted bullheads a few times and it seemed the only way to consistently catch them was with nymphs, at least in the area I was fishing. There were always a small group in the bottom of one pool and I would hang any type of nymph off an indicator right near the bottom and I'd soon get one on.

I've tried stonecats but have never been able to get one on a fly. Could get loads with bait but not a fly. Any one have any luck with them?

Harry


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:23 am • # 8 
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Good advice here. I'll try some of these. Never could get them to eat a fly. Trout always seem to take it before. If it helps the water is very colured 3 or 4 feet of visibility tops


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:48 pm • # 9 
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I fish a pond at a local park which has mostly sunfish and an occasional bass. I was bothering the sunnies not long ago when all of a sudden my 3wt bent double. I was seriously considering pointing the tip of the rod at whatever had a hold of my slow sinking spider to snap the leader when I saw the distinctive flash of a white belly. I palmed the reel, held the tip up and slowly wore down a 3# channel cat. I had to step off the bank into the mud to get a hold of his tail and flip him up on the grass. I had to know how big he was so I carried him up to the Jeep and dug out my digital scale to check. I took him back to the pond and let him go back home. He would have been a good catch on my 5wt but was a riot on the 3wt. I am glad my 3wt is 9' as it gave me some leverage I may not have had with anything shorter.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:19 pm • # 10 
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Can I interrupt this thread to ask how big the bullheads are where you live? Here, with cold water and short seasons, an 8" bullhead would be considered larg-ish.
brent


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:28 pm • # 11 
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wheezeburnt wrote:
Can I interrupt this thread to ask how big the bullheads are where you live? Here, with cold water and short seasons, an 8" bullhead would be considered larg-ish.
brent


Well, here in Ohio...

Fully grown brown bullheads are typically 8-16 inches long and 1-2 pounds, but they can reach 19 inches and upwards of 4 pounds.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:44 pm • # 12 
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Nice! thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:46 pm • # 13 
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Every time I think of bullheads I think of Pearow because he's so bullheaded. :lol


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:12 am • # 14 
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Cliff Hilbert wrote:
Every time I think of bullheads I think of Pearow because he's so bullheaded. :lol


:lol
I see that Dale Carnegie course continues to pay dividends.
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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:28 am • # 15 
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Dale Carnegie was a wimp. :smokin


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:13 am • # 16 
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:lol :lol :lol
...the prosecution rests, your Honour.
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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 12:57 pm • # 17 
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This one was landed on a mini black wooly bugger and tight line. I believe he picked it up off the bottom and I was using a very slow retrieve. Very good fighter! If I planned​ to Target them I think I would use a strike indicator with a long leader and wooly bugger just inches off bottom, maybe some of the bottled spray attractants on the wooly bugger too!Image

Enjoy and Be Safe!


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 6:31 pm • # 18 
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Very nice! I'm looking forward to figuring out catfish.


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:49 pm • # 19 
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plenty of cats in hillcountry- if you drag a heavy black woolie enough times you'll snag one.

Les


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 Post subject: Re: Brown bullhead
PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:13 pm • # 20 
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I would be thinking more along the lines of not catching any if I could.


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