Saturday, April 21, 2012

Carp Time Now That We Have Some Nice Weather

Carp time is here now that the weather is predicted to heat up over the next few days. Overhead sunshine is the best; so you can see the fish cruising around seeking out food. Be quiet, and walk super slowly and carefully; for these fish let you realize how important it is to not make a peep out there. Be slow and stealthy....
Nice Portland Area Carp Caught on a Fly
When you think you are fishing and walking slow enough, then slow down even more......
Smaller flies resembling crustaceans and bugs work well....
Pick out individual fish, and don't get caught up with the sheer numbers around you. When that fish refuses you, then pick another fish, but fish to one fish at a time.....
Smaller carp like this are really fun on a 4-6wt fly rod....
Cast as close to the fish as you can, and let the fly drop through the water column. You man see a reaction right then, and if you do then wait for the fish to eat your fly. Otherwise, when the fly lands below the fish, give it a few short strips. If nothing happens, then re-cast to the fish and repeat the presentation a few more times. Change the retrieval rate a bit, and maybe change your fly. 
Flooded fields like this often hold numbers of carp....
When they take your fly, hold on!!!

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