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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Common Carp

carp on the fly

Post By: Doug K      Posted: 7/13/2017 3:51:24 PM     Points: 51    
Chatfield is a very frustrating lake for carp on the fly, since often the carp just stay in the deeps. To get them to take a fly it's essential to be able to see the brutes..

I still go back regularly since these are the biggest strongest carp I've found.. last week drummed one up on a crayfish fly, 35", made me happy. Today the flats were clear, calm, and empty again.. oh well.

 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/13/2017 6:14:09 PM     Points: 18730    
Thats an awesome catch on the flyrod...congrats! Have you tried Kingfisher or the Platte below the reservoir?
 Reply by: Doug K      Posted: 7/17/2017 12:50:41 PM     Points: 51    

Kingfisher will sometimes have carp, but usually also has bank/bait fishermen. My fishing is more in the roving line, so prefer not to disturb the bank guys..

I've never seen much for carp in the Platte below the dam, until a few miles downstream. The Denver S. Platte holds some good carp but they are highly-educated, and I'm not smart enough to catch them.. can only persuade the relatively innocent fish in Chatfield -)
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 7/17/2017 12:55:38 PM     Points: 25840    
Nice fish! Is that a glass rod?
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 7/17/2017 1:36:24 PM     Points: 177630    
Actually it's not necessary to sight fish them. Blind casting can be more effective under certain conditions. You simply need to be able to figure out where the fish are holding and fish to the area.