Carp on The Fly


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  • One winter I was desperate to go fly fishing. I had noticed some carp in a drainage ditch by my house. I got my rod and caught one. It was about like catching a turd in a sewer. I never did that again.
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Carp on The Fly

  1. 1. Carp On the Fly
  2. 2. Overview <ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why Carp? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Forum </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Carp?
  4. 4. Amazing Fight!
  5. 5. Available Almost Anywhere!
  6. 6. Incredibly Challenging!
  7. 7. Background <ul><ul><li>Live in the south hills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started fly fishing in warm water ponds and the salt about 12 years ago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LOVE to fish... juggling job, kids, family, etc.... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy fishing much better than driving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HATE combat fishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carp are plentiful and available 5 minutes from both home and work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started pursuing carp as a primary focus about 3 years ago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog started about a year ago  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Carp Behavior <ul><ul><li>Carp are omnivorous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically travel in shoals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be pursued through most of the year but are most active between April and September </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Carp have fantastic senses and can typically see and feel you long before you can see them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be very selective and leader shy at times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carp typically don't &quot;chase&quot; food and are not an ambush predator </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Carp Behavior <ul><ul><li>Spawning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lot's of activity.... not of the eating kind! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cruising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a very low percentage game </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mudding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chow time... nose down, tail up, serve up the fly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clooping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  Opportunistic surface feeding... spinner falls, cottonwood fluff, mulberry hatches, etc... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Techniques <ul><ul><li>If you can't sight fish.... go fishing for something else </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movements are slow and small!  Sometimes none! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Putting the fly on the dinner plate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leading the Fish! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cast ahead of the path of the fish and wait for it to get to your fly... don't cast at the fish </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fly on the bottom... and I mean ON the bottom ! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Gear <ul><ul><li>Rod </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5-8wt rods </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solid drag system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adequate backing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mid or large arbor preferred </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WF floating line </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compact head or line up to load rod for shorter casts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tippet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2X-4X  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mono or Fluorocarbon, flouro will help take flies to the bottom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3x Flouro is my go to tippet choice </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Flies <ul><ul><li>Fly selection is always secondary to presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Unless carp are clooping on top, I will always put my fly on the bottom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically tie in the size 6-12 range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prefer my flies to ride &quot;clouser style&quot; hook point up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials like marabou, silly legs, rabbit strips, or anything that has good motion in the water is a great choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colors will vary based upon water clarity, but black, brown and green are my first choices (in that order) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Flies <ul><ul><li>Pattern Preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blood Dot (Apricot Supreme) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Backstabber </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Headstand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wooly Bugger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>San Juan Worm (red) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  Clouser Swimming Nymph </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Bonus!!!
  15. 15. Q and A Ask Away!