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    Today fishing the stillwater for smallies in Ohio, i saw a group of about 10 carp coming up and clearing out of the water (im guessing eating some sort of bugs on the surface) I spent about 30 minutes casting at them with a different assortment of flies, but nothig seemed to work. Any ideas on what they were eating, or why they were jumping?

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    It is time for them to spawn. They are mating and will not take a fly or anything right now.
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    When the Carp spawn they get very feisty.

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    so they get fiesty, but wont take a fly? not even out of irritation?

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    Trout,

    When I would encounter them they were in the shallows and weeds along Big Pine Creek in North Central PA. and I was normally focused on the trout. They would really raise a commotion every spring. The only times I targeted carp they were feeding on the surface of the lake I lived on in VA. There I even had one take a small bass popper. I have caught some really big ones at night while bumping Hellgramite Nymphs as large as size 10's along the bottom looking for trout.

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    Yeah carp that are jumping/playing around are gonna be really tough to catch on the surface. Generally they feed of the bottom of the lake/river... I have spent many many hours casting at carp on the surface and only hooked one which smashed me into the weeds. They are not aggressive enough to really take a fly out of irritation, so they must be actively feeding for you to have a chance.

    To target carp on the fly sight-fishing in the shallows is best, and awesome when you hook one in 6inches of water... or any depth for that matter.

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    Out here in Napa Cali, they go ape for crayfish patterns. But i concur with the person above who said that they don't take a fly out of irritation. They are not highly aggressive but more of opportunist foragers. Hold on to your butt though and hope your backing holds out.

    Where on the Stillwater were you fishing? Three rivers Metro? I am moving to that area...

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    Hi troutbum17,

    I think you will find that those Carp are not taking insects when they are jumping. Boats and unusual sounds cause Carp to jump. Many people are hurt by jumping carp every year.

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    Ok. First off I will strongly suggest not targeting spawning fish. If that is what you think they are doing then I would move on. As far as their senses go, remember that carp have an incredible sense of smell and hearing. Their sight is something totally different. You literally have to get the fly right in front of them.
    If their cruising carp then you just have be persistant. Cast 10-15 ft infront of them and then when they get into the 3-5 ft and start to move the fly. There are a tone of different carp patterns out there. Alot of people in clear water lakes that I've talked to have had a lot of luck with large crayfish type patterns. Barry Reynolds wrote a pretty good book on the subject called "Carp on the Fly". Also there are numerous guides and writers that focus on carp. Just do a search on carp flies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutbum17 View Post
    Today fishing the stillwater for smallies in Ohio, i saw a group of about 10 carp coming up and clearing out of the water (im guessing eating some sort of bugs on the surface) I spent about 30 minutes casting at them with a different assortment of flies, but nothig seemed to work. Any ideas on what they were eating, or why they were jumping?
    The carp spawn in Ohio is supposed to be over - unless they were smashing into each other on the bank. If so, then there are still some stragglers.

    Currently, in OHio, the cottonwood trees are dropping seeds and the various waterways are covered with them. Carp love cottonwood seeds and will feed on them off of the surface. I'll bet they were feeding off of the cottonwood seeds. Get some cottonwoood flies (here is a pattern and some info):

    http://flyanglersonline.com/flytying...120803fotw.php

    .....then get mulberry flies ready for June - carp love those too and will feed on them on the surface.

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