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Old 06-23-2013, 03:40 PM
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I went fishing for carp in the local reservoir with a friend today. I had never caught one before, but my friend has caught plenty. About 30 minutes in, I hooked up with my first carp on 4x tippet. It turned out to be one of the larger ones in the pond, which my friend estimated at 15-18lbs.

As soon as the fish felt the hook, he took off. Watching my line go out, I saw the backing start to appear. A second after the last inch of fly line left my guides, I felt a pop and the line went slack. My heart sank, as I assumed the light tippet had busted. I then noticed that my fly line was sitting in the water by the bank, and my backing wasn't attached to it. I scrambled down the rock embankment, through my rod tip in the water, and snatched up the end of the fly line before the carp could make away with it.

At this point, I still assumed all was lost, as I thought the carp would make another run and I had no attached backing to give. Thankfully, the carp decided to stick to the bottom and dog it out. I quickly threw the end of the fly line to my friend and told him to tie it back onto the backing. There was only a few feet of extra fly line to hold onto so I would surely lose the fish if he swam another 10ft out.

Luckily, my friend finished tying the line to the backing, handed me back the rod, and I was able to get the fish safely back on rod and reel. The fight then continued for another 15 minutes or so, with the large carp making multiple long runs.

Unfortunately, the fly finally came free when I had gotten the carp to shore and my friend was about to tail him. It was essentially as close as it could have come to landing the fish without actually doing so. Although I didn't get the chance to take any pictures with the beast, I will always remember the carp that I had to hand line.

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Old 06-23-2013, 06:34 PM
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Wow! way to go, Nick.

Carp are next on my list.
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Oh man that's one heck of a story, sorry to hear you never got him in hand. Similar thing happened to me a few summers ago, I was spin casting with a ultralight, in the WI river, and hooked into what looked like a 4-5lb smally. After about a 15 min fight I had him at my feet when he hit the rocks and shook the hook, so sad
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I'd say that counts anyway
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:22 PM
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It was intense and definitely hooked me on carp. I got him with a corn fly I tied.
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I got him with a corn fly I tied.
Nick,

Sometimes I go "Euro" carp fishing. Long rods with electronic bite sensors and a "hair rig" system. Look alike foam rubber corn with different scents.

I'm going to make a fly with them when I go fly rod carp fishing. I'm pretty sure regular corn would fly off the hook when casting, but this stuff is really strong.

Also, carp seem to eat almost anything and all the time. The carp I caught last week was on a unscented bead head nymph ...... size 14.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:24 AM
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Default Re: My (almost) first carp

A lot of people in the reservoir use corn to fish, plus a lot of them try chumming the carp with corn. Almost none of the spin rodders actually catch the carp, but it makes a great food source for my friend and I to imitate.
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I catch them on nymphs, etc (hybrid is my go to fly). congrats on your first! with an unscented fly the key is to find feeding fish...hard to talk them into eat with an artificial.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:35 PM
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Hah, was waiting for you to find this thread John. I knew it was just a matter of time.
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Hey, after all that, it's a catch! Great story, better luck next trip!

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