I went for a little trip down to the river to get me some fishy action. When I arrived, it was picture perfect. Fish were active and the carp were tailing. The carp were ALL OVER. Sorry about putting so much emphasis on it, but they were swimming and feeding everywhere.
I put on a clouser craw and had at it. Turns out, my luck was already down the toilet. (I tie my clouser craws with UV Orange Ice Dub and a crayfish orange rabbit strip tail. It may not be an "exact" clouser craw, but that's just what I call it.)
I didn't feel like heaving my 8wt around, so I brought my 6wt. It would have fared fine because there weren't any monster carp around. Well, my casting turned out to be a nightmare. Even with a small size 8 hook, the rabbit strip soaked up some water and made casting awkward. Normally it wouldn't bother me, but I couldn't do any Belgian Casting because there were some plants that were always right where I needed to cast. So after fighting off tangles and dredging sticks and debris off of the bottom, I finally hooked into 3 fish. All of them came off. They wanted the fly, but I kept losing them. Casting also got increasingly difficult as I battled scum in my guides and on the line. It comes with the territory when carp fishing around here.
To top it off, I had one final tangle and the leader wrapped around the fly line. I ended up tripping over a rock and cinched the leader around my new line. I don't think it cut into it, but I was a little disturbed about it.
So, sitting here and going over the day in my head, I think I figured out why I didn't get any positive hook sets. I think the carp are short-striking and I need to cut back the tails on the flies. I never had any issues catching carp before, but then again, I never went for them this early in the year.