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Fish: Common Carp

Master Angler Carp on the Fly!

Post By: Troutbisquits      Posted: 5/8/2023 3:23:33 PM     Points: 2507    
My excitement is still through the roof as I type this! I did some lunch break fishing today for carp at a pond about a 10 min drive from my office. I saw large pods of carp close to the surface. They were feeding on something, but my typical drag and drop style of fishing was not working. So I decided that with the limited time I had I needed to change tactics fast. I looked through my box and found the lightest weighted wooly bugger I had, a black beadless bugger. I made a long cast near a pod as delicately as I could with my eight weight, gave the fly a couple strips then felt a tap tap, BAM!

A good 10 minute battle ensued and I landed this fish pictured below! Measured it at slightly longer than 30in and let it go! This moment was super special to me because I have been trying for several years now to get a MA on the fly. I've come so close many times with fish at the 28 and 29 inch mark, even 29.5. For some reason 30in was just always so close, but so far away...

Funny thing is today I left my GoPro at home. I wanted to enjoy a lunch break fishing session without the distraction of filming. Somehow that is fitting though. Was just me and the fish (and the people cheering me on from the bike path). Thankfully I remembered to bring a change of shoes and wet wipes so I was not completely covered in mud when I came back to the office.
I was even on time coming back from lunch! Though my boss is also an avid fly fisherman, and likely wouldn't have cared if I was a few minutes late because of a big fish. Anyways sorry for the rambling, just thought I would share!
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 5/8/2023 4:21:46 PM     Points: 61
Oh man Iím excited for you! That is so much fun on the fly rod!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 5/8/2023 4:55:21 PM     Points: 11536
Having had Carp snatch my crank baits while trolling,I can just guess how a 30 incher is on a fly rod . . . .TOO COOL!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 5/8/2023 5:18:19 PM     Points: 9228
Congrats on your master class carp, it is a battle not soon forgotten.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 5/8/2023 6:05:25 PM     Points: 48889
Well done! Awesome job and great catch!
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 5/8/2023 6:24:52 PM     Points: 2507
Thanks all! I just wish I would have thought to ask one of the people watching me if they could have taken a picture of me holding it for a sense of scale! Thing was so fat. That's okay though. I kept the fish in the water as much as possible and it swam off strong! I know some people don't like carp but man do I love catching them.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 5/8/2023 7:05:03 PM     Points: 61
So funny the big one always comes when youíre not prepared and donít have a measuring tape, and no one too witness the giddiness. Caught this big walleye the other night at chatfield on a quick on the way home trip. Iím guessing 25Ē based on the rod but who knows ha! Definitely my pb.
 Reply by: illpilgrim      Posted: 5/8/2023 7:08:01 PM     Points: 1831
Heck yea man! Congrats! Iíve gotten quite a few this year but nothing big. Not that it matters to me. A lunch break carp makes me a happy man.

Try sticking your phone along the shore and do a timed photo. Just keep the fish in the water while you sort things out. As Iím sure you would.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: 5/8/2023 7:16:57 PM     Points: 17793
Nice work, congrats!
 Reply by: Team CO.F.F.      Posted: 5/9/2023 1:30:35 PM     Points: 315
Epic! Awesome post and great fish💪🏽
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: 5/9/2023 3:15:33 PM     Points: 5490
I know that was a good battle, and on a fly rod! Awesome bro!
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 5/10/2023 8:33:11 PM     Points: 2353
Carp are easy to find but not to catch on a fly. Sometimes you just need to find the one out of hundreds that will to eat. They are so spooky. Nice catchÖCarp are a tough fish on on flies.
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 5/13/2023 12:23:38 PM     Points: 2507
Thanks i2fly! Yeah they certainly are tough. I do feel that I am starting to understand them though and they become easier to catch as I do. Probably the biggest thing is finding feeding fish. Convincing a lazy sunbathing carp to eat can be dam near impossible, but if you find fish that are actively feeding, you will have a much better success rate. Oftentimes when I go carp fishing I'm just walking shorelines looking for feeding fish and if I don't see any active fish I may not even make a cast.
 Reply by: wax      Posted: 5/13/2023 9:50:34 PM     Points: 311
Well done! love carp on the fly!
 Reply by: Wilderfish      Posted: 5/14/2023 10:17:06 AM     Points: 26
Great catch! I rarely catch carp on the fly when I actually try to target them with my 6wt or 8wt. Then when I am fishing for trout I'll see a pod sunning or something and end up hooking one on my 5wt which is a little light but still a ton of fun!
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 5/14/2023 5:16:10 PM     Points: 2760
Have you tried that new pattern that you posted here a couple months ago?
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 5/15/2023 8:58:35 AM     Points: 2507
RogBow if you are talking about the leech patterns, no I have not tried those specific ones for carp. However I would consider a black Wooly Bugger a leech pattern. I am sure they would work just fine. For me one of the things I usually look for in a good carp fly is that is rides inverted in the water (hook point up) . For most of the fishing I do this is better, both for avoiding snags and hooking fish as I am often dragging the fly along the bottom. But yes, Carp will absolutely take a leech if presented right.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 5/15/2023 4:16:10 PM     Points: 2760
Good deal. Poor man's bonefish.

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