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    Default Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    I'm thinking of trying carp on a fly rod soon. Any pointers on techniques, presentations, etc?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    Check out "The Carp Thread".
    The Carp Thread

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    In addition to that, be prepared to be frustrated and humbled by the golden bone.
    "When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all."

    Storm Drain Bonefisher

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    I played around with them when I was in Indiana. They really were like bonefish. They congregated in a shallow flats section of a local lake. I wade fished for them. I never got serious about it as I was more interested in the Smallies, but if you could put something like a stonefly nymph in front of them you had a chance. They were spooky and line shy. You had to be stealthy. It was a lot like wading for bones in the Keys. You needed to drop a nymph in front of them, then just slowly jerk it on the bottom. They were fun once you hooked one, they're a strong fish. Nothing spectacular, but a good fight. Not to sound sacrilegious here or anything, but if you just want catch one to see if its worth the trouble? Here's what you do (and this is guaranteed).
    Step one: Buy some canned corn and chum the water for say two days before you fish.
    Step two: Order some Gulp corn (put them on a number 8 hook)
    Step three: Cast a bit of Gulp corn into the chum line and hold on.
    Not exactly high society, but it works. Or just go with a nymph.
    Good luck and have fun.

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    Try 'em...they are awesome on the fly. challenging, big, and a really interesting method. I love 'em, spend 90% of my time with a fly rod in hand looking for carp.

    My rules that I try to follow.
    1) Know your forage
    2) Don't cast until you can see their head
    3) You gotta make 'em move (to detect the take)
    4) To catch more carp, cast at less.

    Good luck!

    All carp threads need a picture:



    Who wouldn't want to hunt, spot and stalk a fish like this in 2 feet of water, then convince it to eat an artificial offering with no scent (carp feed mostly by scent). awesome! Good luck man...
    John Montana

    Carp on the Fly

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    now that is a fish, don't care who you are, that's a fish.

    I was with a guy this past weekend and he mentioned that a good time to go for carp is when they are feeding, otherwise its almost impossible to get 'em to hit the fly. We did not see any while we were out, but he caught one the next day and he mentioned he found 'em when they were feeding. Works in Middle TN anyways.

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    John Montana's carp photos make me drool!

    Found the following cottonwood seed fly on-line, but haven't tied it yet. Suspect it will be more effective when our cottonwood trees are dropping seed. Might try it before then anyway.

    "Marabou Cottonwood Seed Fly - FAOL"

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    Quote Originally Posted by john montana View Post
    Try 'em...they are awesome on the fly. challenging, big, and a really interesting method. I love 'em, spend 90% of my time with a fly rod in hand looking for carp.

    My rules that I try to follow.
    1) Know your forage
    2) Don't cast until you can see their head
    3) You gotta make 'em move (to detect the take)
    4) To catch more carp, cast at less.

    Good luck!

    All carp threads need a picture:



    Who wouldn't want to hunt, spot and stalk a fish like this in 2 feet of water, then convince it to eat an artificial offering with no scent (carp feed mostly by scent). awesome! Good luck man...


    I wish carp would get that big in the lake and areas I fish. Most are in the 6-12 range, some get over 15, but they a few and far between.
    You must get lost to find your true self
    ....Take a kid fishing....

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    Don't waste your time. What a garbage fish.

    The hardly ever bite and even if they do they barely fight and are a slimy stinky fish. The are right up at the top of the list with the Goby for fish that we should kill

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    Default Re: Carp - Never tried it, pointers?

    Quote Originally Posted by chipgerrard View Post
    Don't waste your time. What a garbage fish.

    The hardly ever bite and even if they do they barely fight and are a slimy stinky fish. The are right up at the top of the list with the Goby for fish that we should kill
    Seriously? You're going with that? I think I'll disagree.

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