Well, All this recent talk about carp had me wanting to try it. And so happened a few weeks ago I was invited to camp out with a friend I havent seen in while near Washington Indiana. The location is called Glendale State Fish and wildlife area. 1400acre lake with countless ponds surrounding it, those ponds are what we focus our fishing efforts on. The plan was to catch bluegill for dinner, and that we did, as the bag of fillets photo shows.. we ate well. many of the ponds are easy to flyfish due to cut grass and cleared shores, We werent at the redwing pond for maybe 20 minutes before I seen 3 big grassies cruising the channels between the heavy weeds. So on went the bread ball fly. As I watched the patrol pattern for the carp I droped the breadball fly over the channel about 20 ft ahead of where the carp I was watching was headed, and as soon as the fly hit the water the carp hit the brakes and slowed down. One tiny little twitch and I waited for what felt like forever i seen that classic gentle gulp I read about on here, and I set the hook. The water exploded and the fight was on!
I got the fish on reel in no time and it ran strong and deep into the weeds.. I mean this stuff is thick!! it was achored down solid inthe weeds, So I kept the tension on, and walked back and forth on the bank just a bit. then I got my first glimps of the beast as it came out of the weeds,
I was able to gain good ground and almost had it to where my friend cound get the head in the net I had, which was way to small.. but as soon as the net touched the carp took off like a tordeo, my drag wizzed. at that point i was just about giggly haha it was so much fun. After repeating the wait out tactic to break it out of the weeds again, we were fianlly able to drag the beastr ashore. I had to measureing devices, but its safe to say it was big.. not as big as the other carp I seen in this pond and others we visited, but ill take it any day. There were alot of fun bass over 8 inches, but nothing over the 15 inch limit. This place is a must stop if your ever in the area of washington Indiana. ok, enough talk heres the photos I took and my first carp on the fly.
Arrival thursda Night in my new car.
not a bad campground, not heavily patrolled, and mostly a fishing and hunter base, even has a really nice cleaning station.
morning veiw down the hill form camp on the main lake
redwing pond where I caught the carp.
dinner O de Gills. deep frid bluegill.. nuff said.
off ya go.
lots of these
and the best way to spend the evening.
more about this location here DNR: Glendale
Im offically wanting to catch more carp now,, after I make more flys on stronger hooks.