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jpbfly 06-05-2009 10:26 AM

outstanding catch
 
Last sunday,I was to go fishing with my buddy Baptiste but couldn't because I got a lunch invitation.As the weather was unsettled,he decided to go to our nearest chub spot.Twenty years ago we could catch big trout in this area but now because of pollution,lack of water and silly regulation there are only chubs left and some carp.The chubs weren't very eager to bite,a sudden shower forced my friend to shelter under a tree on the bank.As the rain stopped and he was going to fish again,he saw a carp quietly coming towards the bank and feeding on the bottom.He got to the edge on all four and casted his nymph in front of the carp which moved slowly and caught the nymph as it gently fell on the sand.I don't do that for I'm frightened to have such a fish hung on my line but he did!So the carp started swimming straight on upstream like a truck or a tractor,he had to follow it for more than a hundred yards for his line and backing were out.After a long fight the carp got tired and he could take it in his arms and lay it on the grass.Unfortunately he didn't have his camera and could only measure it before releasing it:64 cm!Outstanding!That's a real exploit!
Rod :Scott A2 905
Line :WF 4
Reel :Vivarelli
Tippet :Asso 5x
nymph :black chub special

jpbfly 08-02-2009 07:16 AM

http://i85.servimg.com/u/f85/12/25/58/99/carpe210.jpg
This big one was caught by my friend J Marc last week.
rod:Redington cpx 9,6ft
reel:Cordel
line:SA 5wt
tippet:Asso 5X
nymph:olive chub special size 14.
That's a great catch!

yatahey 08-02-2009 09:41 AM

Jbbfly,
Sorry to hear of the decline of a once productive trout water. The carp is a fighter. While I do not target them, there are many here in Colorado who fish voraciously for them. This one in your post is a beauty.
Some affectionately call the carp the "Golden Bonefish"

Hardyreels 08-02-2009 10:39 AM

I have caught some large carp while nymphing for brown trout where Lycoming Creek meets the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The first one I ever hooked happened in the dark and I thought I had hooked the new state record trout until I beached the fish and saw that it was a carp. After catching a few I learned to recognize the feel of a carp bulling the bottom. They are strong fish and great sport on a fly rod.

jpbfly 08-02-2009 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by yatahey (Post 64554)
Jbbfly,
Sorry to hear of the decline of a once productive trout water. The carp is a fighter. While I do not target them, there are many here in Colorado who fish voraciously for them. This one in your post is a beauty.
Some affectionately call the carp the "Golden Bonefish"

I've always seen carps in this area even 30 years ago when there were nice browns...today there are only big chub and dace...and some stocked rainbows left by the"meaters".Pollution ,lack of water and silly regulations killed this stream.I've only got photos and great memories of the time when browns lived here...sad...but big chubs and dace are great fun and other flyfishermen don't care about them...

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Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 64562)
I have caught some large carp while nymphing for brown trout where Lycoming Creek meets the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The first one I ever hooked happened in the dark and I thought I had hooked the new state record trout until I beached the fish and saw that it was a carp. After catching a few I learned to recognize the feel of a carp bulling the bottom. They are strong fish and great sport on a fly rod.

Ard... you know we don't have salmon here:icon_frow...I've never caught one...only very big bows in a reservoir but I imagine how strong this fish can be...lucky you to live in Alaska.There's one thing you don't know ...in the begining of the 20th century we had the most beautiful salmon streams "gaves" (in the "pays basque")in Europe,some English lords wanted to buy them...now french salmon fans have to go abroad to catch one...
JP

mcnerney 08-03-2009 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Hardyreels (Post 64562)
I have caught some large carp while nymphing for brown trout where Lycoming Creek meets the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The first one I ever hooked happened in the dark and I thought I had hooked the new state record trout until I beached the fish and saw that it was a carp. After catching a few I learned to recognize the feel of a carp bulling the bottom. They are strong fish and great sport on a fly rod.

Ard: Great story, had me laughing thinking you had a huge trout only to find out in the end it was a carp. Oh well, at least it was a good fight and a fun time!

Larry


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