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Old 03-20-2012, 03:07 PM
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Default Corn kernel fly for carp?

I happened to mention to a fishing buddy today during lunch, that I was interested in fly fishing for carp. I brought this up because he is a much more experienced fly angler than I am. He replied "Put a corn kernel on a hook.", whereby I replied "That's not a fly, that's bait.", whereby he replied "It's a fly - it's made out of natural material." I then tried to create some rationalization along the lines that it might be an acceptable fly if it were a dried corn kernel and were tied onto the hook. I don't know...

To me, it's bait. A dried and salted minnow is also made of natural material and would probably fly cast well. Even while using baitcasting or spinning gear, I only use artificial baits/lures. To me, if a fish can eat it as food, it's bait.

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:58 PM
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I think you can easily make fly that looks like corn with artificial material. We had a lengthy discussion on carp fly fishing using bread flies and flies that look like blades of grass. You'd be surprised what the guys on this forum throw at carp.
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Seems more like a bait presentation, imo. I thought the idea was to show them something that would look like it could be some form of living insect.
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Default Re: Corn kernel fly for carp?

A properly shaped piece of yellow foam works pretty good.
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It is probably more like "bait" than an artificial fly. Sidestepping your question if I may, I would suggest that you will have every bit as much success, or more, with an artifical fly which looks like something that the Carp you are fishing for actually eat. Then your fly fishing conscience will be salved too.
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Default Re: Corn kernel fly for carp?

I guess I'm not alone in my assessment here. Part of throwing this out there for comment was to assess my own comfort level with the idea of using corn, which I'm not. Thanks for the suggestions for mimic flies.
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Default Re: Corn kernel fly for carp?

how about cutting small strips off the kernal and tying that into the body, or somehow use the kernal to enhance scent if that can be okay?

I tried carp using fly's with a guide and it was the hardest fish I ever fished for!!
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