I did catch a 21.5" channel catfish, which was really fun. Good healthy fish, excellent fight:
It was kind of a long fight, but I had time after releasing the fish to make some more casts. That's when I hooked this next catfish. Its a personal best for me, at 31" long. I ran the length through a complicated mathematical formula to come up with an approximate weight, which suggested just slightly over 12 pounds. What a brute! The pics don't do it justice...but it sure makes the fly reel look small! Awesome battle on a 5wt.
It was caught on a silver-ish boa yarn leech pattern tied on a #8 streamer hook.