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    Default Re: Rivers Full of Carp

    Anyone know if those flying carp take a dry fly?

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    Default Re: Rivers Full of Carp

    Talking about Carp most of our Outback Rivers & some of The Bigger Lakes over here are full of them they were brought over here & put in The Irrigation Canals & have since migrated everywhere.
    Even though many people eat them they are also harvested to make fertilizer.
    Brian

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    Default Re: Rivers Full of Carp

    Here some lakes have rivers feeding into them and fish traps, they harvest many tons of carp and make fertilizer and many tons are sold to restaurants as "whitefish" It`s about half and half on the harvest every year

    You might have eaten a carp sandwich and never knew it at a fast food chain.

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    Default Re: Rivers Full of Carp

    I don't know about the European carp, but here in Florida they have stocked the Asian grass carp which grows to over 4' in length.

    In places where they have installed fish feeders to help offset some of the rather sterile pits and have grass carp in them the carp congregate around the feeders at feeding time and wolf down the pellets. When they do this they will readily take a #10 or 12 brown beetle fly. They really don't fight a lot for their bulk, one run to about the end of your fly line, one to half of it and then just a lot of dodging five feet away at the end.

    If there are a lot of tilapia around they also become accustomed to the pellets and are dry fly wonders. Up to 12 lbs.
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    However, in some places there are pacu. I used to have them in my ponds and they also readily took a dry fly. I had them up to 30 lbs, but in one of the cold spells they all died.

    Jack

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    Default Re: Rivers Full of Carp

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfglen View Post
    ... They really don't fight a lot for their bulk, one run to about the end of your fly line, one to half of it and then just a lot of dodging five feet away at the end.

    If there are a lot of tilapia around they also become accustomed to the pellets and are dry fly wonders. Up to 12 lbs.

    Jack
    Funny but that fight you're talking about sounds a lot like a bonefish. One major run, one minor run, then a few back and forths. Maybe the comparison to bonefish is more apt than I thought.

    And if those tilapia are the same I've bought at Sam's Club I'd love to catch some of those and put 'em in the pan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    I thought people didn't eat carp... You can?
    When I was a kid I had a "Godmother" who escaped Czechoslovakia before the iron curtain fell. Her family for the holidays would buy a big live carp and keep it in the bathtub for a few days to clean it out, and that was Christmas dinner. I ended up taking her much younger sister, who the Soviet authorities had allowed to travel to the US (but made her leave her daughter behind to make sure she didn't defect) to a Grateful Dead show back in '82... but that's a whole different story.

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