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GreenMtn 12-02-2008 04:35 PM

Winter Carp?
I have a stellar large pond scoped out in the SouthEast with some ginormous 30" carp just milling about waiting to be caught. Unfortunately the temperatures are in the mid 50s and nothing I've tossed at them so far has enticed any interest whatsoever. I've tried a #10 bead head wooly bugger, mini-cray, BH Hares Ear, san juan worm, red ibis (actually foul hooked one with a red ibis, it was like being hooked to a pissed off log. The scale that came off with my hook was the size of a silver dollar!). I'm about to try a #6 and #8 wooly worm in black and olive. Any other ideas for enticing these guys into eating in the colder months? I'm resisting the bread and corn flies and people don't feed them in this pond anyway so it's unlikely they'd even know what it was. None of them seem to be interested in surface feeding. At best they're tailing but more often than not they're just milling about in 1.5' of water.

i want to catch fish 12-02-2008 06:25 PM

Re: Winter Carp?
we do catch alot of carp on in the river where we fish and we use anything that has yellow streamers and yellow bugs just give it a try and see

Joni 12-02-2008 06:40 PM

Re: Winter Carp?
I have had the best luck with YELLOW also. Here are the two flies that always produced Carp.

I have not been to the river in some time so, I am thinking the carp are allot harder to catch this time of year. I will have to cruise over and check it out.

GreenMtn 12-02-2008 06:54 PM

Re: Winter Carp?
That's the trick. Their feeding seems to have changed for the Winter. I suspect a lot of what I have tried will work in the warmer months. Things like popcorn, cottonwood, large nymphs etc.

Midwest flyfish kid 12-02-2008 07:30 PM

Re: Winter Carp?
Why do carp eat cottonwood

GreenMtn 12-02-2008 08:03 PM

Re: Winter Carp?
They eat the seeds which are probably high in protein and carbs. They're also easy to catch and in huge numbers. Unfortunately it's a few months to go before spring.

Joni 12-02-2008 08:08 PM

Re: Winter Carp?
You guys got me real curious now. However a friend went to my Carp hole and said they were gone...I just have to check it out for myself now!

Midwest flyfish kid 12-02-2008 08:36 PM

Re: Winter Carp?

Originally Posted by GreenMtn (Post 39995)
They eat the seeds which are probably high in protein and carbs. They're also easy to catch and in huge numbers. Unfortunately it's a few months to go before spring.

Thanks. I was wondering that when i saw a carp eating some and then I saw a fly imitiating cottonwood and I was thinking "Why posses a carp to eat that?"

BigCliff 12-02-2008 10:16 PM

Re: Winter Carp?
In general, when they're just milling about is the time they're least likely to eat. I'd try to use a warmer afternoon to find them tailing or obviously feeding in the shallows.

GreenMtn 12-03-2008 09:31 AM

Re: Winter Carp?
I figure they have to eat sometime. With the days barely topping 56 at best, it's tough to find a warm afternoon. Do they go into fast mode and stop eating for a few months?

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