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Old 03-29-2012, 10:17 PM
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What flies do you use to go after them?
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Last night's adventure was brought to you by the "Blind Squirrel". Its a carp pattern a buddy of mine is tying thats so simple its folish. But hey it works, hes been catching them like mad on it.

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Geoff, can we coax a SBS out of your buddy for that one? Looks like deerhair over a squirrel and dubbing body? Any weight via leadwrap or anything?
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Hows bout a video of how to tie it :P

Carp fly Blind Squirrel silent assassin - YouTube

its really damn easy, and no weight. sink rate is peeerrrfect. Plus if you join in on the Carp/catfish.bluegill fly swap you'll be getting one.
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I just tied a blind squirrel like two days ago can't wait to try it out.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:23 PM
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Went today. I'll let my story and the pictures do the telling of my tale.

Its rather pretty down there this time of year, everything is green, the underbrush of MO hasnt choked everything out to hell and its just plain pleasant.

The little yellow flowers I posted last time, are about done blooming, but this is how I walk up to my favorite carp hole

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Soon that green and yellow carpet will be covered with leaves and undrebrush...blah.

These pretty purple little flowers are EVERYWHERE now. Not as plentiful as the little yellow guys, but at a slightly higher elevation they exsit, and by higher elevation I mean 5' up past where you'll see the last yellow ones

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Again, just pleasant.

Sooooooo i get to my carp spot, tie up a blind squirrel, cast it to a fish i see in the shallows next to me, twitch, twitch and boom! it sucks it down, i set the hook, feel the fish then POP!! My knot comes completely undone. BOOO!!!!! Im just glas I fish barbless, I hope the carp can get the hook out soon. It really bothers me leaving hooks in fish. So I tie on another cast to some cruiser and this guy sucks it up.

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Let me tell you something, if the big ones had the speed and runs like this dude did, we would be needing 10 and 12 weights for carp. It gave my 8wt a GOOD run for it money, which surprised me to no end. I was very pleased with the little carp, actualy way more then I'd really like to admit, it was a super cool when little, so heres another picture

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After the safe release,I cast to a few cruises and missed 2 more. I threw to one fish who looks like a freaking submarine and got too scared when it started to follow my fly. I think it would break my 8lb leader. So i went to higher ground and scanned the hole and moved down to a koi who was tailing. I busted myself on this same fish eariler in the week and it must have had the taste of steel still in its mouth. Wanted nothing to do with the fly. However, when casting to a group, this was the result...

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OH YEAH!!!! thats what Im talking about. Nice big fishy. Not as round as some of the others but still a great fish. I really cant tell you how wonderful I think these fish are. They better still have them in FL because if I move there and cant find any I'll be upset.

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So after a few pictures it was back on its way in the creek. The weirdest thing happened when I was fighting it though, 4-5 others came right up next to it and followed it back and forth for several minutes as we battled. Never seen that before. I decided that after this fish it was time to let them rest, its going to be hot tomorrow and monday and then maybe some rain, so I will leave this group alone for atleast 2 weeks now. All in all, excelent time carping today, I might go bother some other carp populations tomorrow, but I need to tie me a couple more squirrels. Til next time my friends, the Adventure Continues!!!!
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Blue-Collar Bonefish....nice job man! My only suggestion with that fly would be to tie in some large, beadchain eyes onto the shank side of the hook. This gives it a bit of weight but not too much. You can skip the fly along the bottom and not have to worry about snagging because the hook point should be upwards. Just a tip anyways.

I was able to land a decent 28" carp the other day with my 7-weight. However, the water was so bloody cold, high 30ºs, that it just flopped around. No runs and not really all that exciting.

Carp are definitely a ton of fun and a good challenge since they're less eager to snatch a fly compared to other species. Sight-fishing for them is a ton of fun! Hope to do lots of that before heading up north to guide!

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The eyes would be a deal breaker for this fly. Its sink rate currently is perfect and the way to hangs out in the water column they cant help but chase it down. All of the fish i have caught or hooked with this fly have eaten it mid water column and have actively chased it down. I feel if it was on the ground they would have ignored it. We'll see though.
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I tied up a couple of your Blind Squirrels and fished them yesterday in a small creek. I caught a nice Rock Bass and several BG before losing one to the creek gods. No bass or carp but there are not a lot of them in this creek. I have never seen a carp and only caught an occassional bass. The fly seemed to work well and will tie up more. Thanks for the pattern
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Glad they worked. The carp love them.


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