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  1. Default Fishing them out of weeds

    Ive been catching them on the surface in the thick of the weeds. I have a local pond thats pretty shallow and thick with weeds and they chomp them down. They are easy to spot/hear and usually are too busy decimating the vegetation to notice you if you are somewhat stealthy.

    I sort out which way the mouth is going and try to toss a pink or yellow egg pattern directly in their path. Sometimes it spooks them, sometimes they dont even see it, sometimes you get snagged up in the weeds and un-snagging spooks them...but when they stop what they are doing and move towards your egg, hold on. The egg is clearly visible when they eat it so there is not much guessing on when to set the hook.

    I did something today that I think grabs their attention a bit more. I soaked my egg down with some canned corn/sugar juice that I boiled down into a concentrate. When I was casting to them with no juice, it needed to be directly in their path for them to notice. My first cast using the juice was to the rear of the fish and usually a worthless cast. The fish stopped dead in its tracks, turned for a moment, and chomped his way to my egg. The egg was suspended by the weeds above the water by about an inch and he just mowed it down. I was stunned I caught one on my first cast! I continued on but they started moving out towards the center of the pond as the sun went down and ended up nabbing a catfish near the bank. Im gonna test the juice out a bit more tomorrow. Not too sure I just didnt get lucky but the way that carp stopped his feast to turn around gives me encouragement.

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    Default Re: Carp

    I heard a famous fly guy tell a story of being skunked year after year in a pond at the hotel he stayed at while on the circuit. Finally he noticed the carp feeding on grass blown on to the pond by a mower. He made his successful carp fly from a bit of green scrub pad lashed to a hook.

    "Every [child] has the right to a first fish. On this particular planet, no man is granted a greater privilege than to be present and to assist in the realization of this moment". Bill Heavey

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    Here in Eastern NC, we don't really have any common carp opportunities and only a few areas for grassies.

    But I won't hesitate to travel out of town or out of state to fish them if there is a Cicada hatch or if the mulberries are falling out of the trees up north.

    I wish there were more opportunities here, because they just might be my favorite freshwater fish.










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    Quote Originally Posted by MauserFlyFishing View Post
    Here in Eastern NC, we don't really have any common carp opportunities and only a few areas for grassies.



    But I won't hesitate to travel out of town or out of state to fish them if there is a Cicada hatch or if the mulberries are falling out of the trees up north.



    I wish there were more opportunities here, because they just might be my favorite freshwater fish.





















    I need to get out and try to catch the carp I hear about in Falls lake up here around Raleigh. I've heard they are a rewarding catch but I've never tried.


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    I'm going to slide out for a couple hours this afternoon to a local park pond. I tied up some white single eggs I've been wanting to try. Should be a good day for spot & stalk, little to no wind and temps in the mid 70's.

    Denny

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    I caught one by mistake when Bream fishing my 4 weight on a small bluegill popper.

    Since then I have targeted them and never caught one.

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    Yeah I can only catch them by accident too. I was throwing a #16 bead head PT for trout in local tailwater this spring when I thought I was snagged on bottom. As I waded toward the snag my fly line took off downstream. Fought for a good 10 mins before it broke my 6x tippet. Hell of a fight on a 5 wt in moving water. That tailwater was full of carp in the shallows most of the spring and early summer but when I tried to catch them all I did was spook them. Those things were way more spooky than the trout.

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    I chunked a size 8 black hackle looking thing at a big grass carp this afternoon. Not aggressive feeders, these grass carp, at least in my experience. It was fun trying, anyway. Right now with grass carp, I feel like the blind squirrel and the acorn...maybe someday.

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    The carp I caught and the ones I try to catch are sterile, grass carp.

    They are put in Florida lakes for weed control.

    You are right, they are the spookiest fish ever!

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    The carp I go after most often are in Wyoming and most any 3/4" long dark sinking fly seems to be a viable pattern. Presentation seems more important than actual fly from what I've seen.

    I started out going after them with a 5wt but it quickly became apparent that I was woefully undergunned so I have since switched to at least a 7/8wt rig, essentially the same outfit I'd use for bonefish.

    In early summer, before the water warms up too much, it's not unusual to get well into the backing on their first run. I've never topped 20#s but nearly all of them are 12# or better (mirror carp, common carp mainly).

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