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delopez 08-24-2013 02:17 PM

Today's carp report
So this is definitely aimed at anyone who fishes lakes for carp where there are a lot of clam. John Montan a, this is definitely aimed at you ;) As I type this post, I'm on the side of a lake. I've thrown backstabbers, rough dub crayfish, large bead eye nymphs, and others. However, the one fly that I don't have is the hybrid.

Anyway, I've actually been able to visually see the carp trailing today and have thrown the flies in their face tons of times. Anyone have some suggested patterns or tactics?

Here's what I found on the bank.

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jbird 08-24-2013 07:51 PM

Re: Today's carp report
Their really unpredictable as to what they will eat. I'd guess Ive hooked between 30 and 50 carp over the last few years and 90% have been on a damselfly nymph or dragonfly nymph. They are very wary, so I tie my flies wth a fair amount of realism. I have had pretty good luck on carp that are lazy and sunning by carefully pesenting one of these nymphs in front of them. If theyre actively feeding, they take them pretty boldly.
They can be frustrating!... All the more rewarding!

delopez 08-24-2013 09:21 PM

Re: Today's carp report
They were today but it was the first time I've seen then tail in the lake. I've had better luck in the river with grass carp. It was definitely frustrating.

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john montana 08-24-2013 09:43 PM

Re: Today's carp report
Hybrid or San Juan my experience when they are feeding on clams they usually sort of cruise along until they smell some clams. Carp have an incredible sense of smell. Once located, they dig em out and crush em. The issue is being able to visually imitate a clam. I have tried patterns with shells, but I think when carp are using visual cues, they often are looking for the extended foot of a clam, hence the San Juan and the tail on the hybrid. The beauty of the hybrid is when still, it could be taken for the foot of a clam, but when dropping or moving it looks like a nymph. Carp that dig clams out of the bottom are really used to seeing and eating escaping nymphs.

Other that I would say downsize. People often point to backstabbers and larger crayfish flies or buggers for carp, but I fish really small stuff. They gaper size 8s are about a size 12 scud hook in actual size. I would fish a small backstabber or just a generic nymph pattern in a 10 or 12 (on a stout hook). They don't always want meat or crayfish, but they will nearly always take a well placed nymph.

And the sometimes they just won't eat anything. Hah...

delopez 08-24-2013 09:53 PM

Re: Today's carp report
I've been using size 8 bonefish hooks. I will post pictures of the flies, soon. No matter what, I definitely want that hook point riding up!

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What about headstand worms?

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