Why Not Try Fly Fishing for Carp?
For years carp have been dubbed a 'trash fish' and snubbed by anglers but have they been getting a bad rap?
Some anglers believe that's the case and they're putting aside all their notions to try their hand at catching the lowly carp and, according to John Bartlett quoted in Komo News, it's becoming one of the latest, coolest angling trends in the United States.
"It's just been blowing up," said John Bartlett, author of the Carp on the Fly blog, which has the tongue-in-cheek tag line - "I used to be a respectable angler...now I fly fish for carp." Bartlett, who has been fly fishing for carp for 12 years now, said in the past couple of years there had been an explosion of interest in the angling community.
"I think it's mostly anglers in the 20 to 35 age range," he said. "They're just looking for something different. The trout rivers are crowded and the steelhead rivers are crowded." And there's another reason that fishing for carp is getting popular - there are plenty to go around and there is no limit on how many you can catch!
"Just try it," Bartlett said. "Most of the guys that live in the Pacific Northwest already have the gear they need to catch carp - they've got 6, 7 or 8 weight rods, they've got floating lines, they've got leaders that are 10 to 12 pounds. They might need a few flies, but if they like trout, they probably have flies that will work for carp too. Put your feet in the water and start walking. Throw a fly at a fish and see what happens. That's what I did."
In Europe, carp are a highly prized fish and there's a thriving business there in the carp world. And in the U.S., outdoor outfitters like Orvis are starting to figure out there's money to be had in carp; there is now The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp, carp flies, carp fishing line, carp hats and more. You can even buy a designer carp iPhone case from them.
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