02-25-2014, 03:36 PM
Re: Carpin Rookie
I have a BIIx 8wt. But for Carping, I use a Cabela's 9' 8wt and the Wind River reel ($29.00) I have used this reel for two years and hundreds of carp from 22" to 36".
A good easy to cast line is a must. I use a Sage Bass line and Sharkskin Magnum (on sale for $57.00)
As mentioned, stealth an delicate delivery is a must as they spook very easy.
Cast a heavy fly over but in front of them ten strip it back. Note: This can cause snagging.
Another way is to gently drop the fly a few inches in front of Carp (if you can see them) and wait for them to open their mouth on the fly.
Or, I have been using a Thingamabobber and casting out with the fly about 20" to 28" below. I am averaging at least two on every outing doing this, but again, I cannot see the carp on this body of water.
Leader, I use a 5' Mono Furled and add 2 to 3 feet of 8lb fluoro. Fly, I use two. One agout 6" up from bottom on a tag. I use a Green Weenie, a rubber leg Stonefly, and A Rainy's Hex. All work. Main fly that I have caught 98% on is a simple Rainy's Popcorn Ball (A Yellow glow bug with a white softhackle collar.
I have caught them on a 6 wt. but I like the 8 wt for muscling them in.
If they are feeding on top, I use a larger Yellow Elk Hair Caddis or a Gartside Gurgler.