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adirondack-jim

Carp on a fly...

Tried flyfishing for carp for the first time.  My saltwater partner took me to the Chemung River where it's spot and stalk for these freshwater bones.  Casting bonefish flies to feeding carp we each managed one for the morning.

JC with about a 12# carp.



A beast of a carp on my 8 wt rod. Guessing he'd push 20#.

bodger

Don't they just hang on a bit Jim?
kat_lewis

Glad you enjoy the sport. Fly fishing for carp over here is not frequently done   but using floaters is good fun and in the height of summer addictive. What sort of waters do you usually fish on?
adirondack-jim

My friends have found that to catch them on a fly, you need feeding fish in quite shallow water.  The Chemung River is in the background on the photos.  It has some deep runs and holes but a lot of it this time of year is knee deep which seems to work best.
kat_lewis

Fun    We don't have anything like that for carp this side of the pond, but I do enjoy sitting hidden in the reeds watching and waiting for the carp that are feeding in the margins. You don't need anything fancy just quick reactions and a handfull of floating goldfish sticks  
Woodsmoke

I fly-fish for trout & salmon up here in Scotland. Only ever caught a couple of carp (& that was on coarse tackle in a muddy pond in England) Pound for pound though, the ones I caught certainly pulled my string! I can only imagine a 20 pounder on an 8 rod would be some battle! Especially in running water..................I'd love to have a bash at that  
Bazzer

Kill it and grill it Jim or kiss it and put it back?
kat_lewis

Bazzer!!!!!! In England on a carp fishing lake you kiss them (not me personally you understand) and put them back...... do you know how much they cost to replace? Anywhere else though definately kill and plate them. We normally do them in clay as we eat them whilst fishing and the clay will descale as well as keep moist whilst cooking   red wine sauce always helps. Not only do you get good sport whilst catching them but the finished article is rather nice  
Bazzer

Think it was Flatiron that said they are treated as more or less aquatic vermin in the Western Colonies.
Shouldn't cost a lot to replace as nature sees to all that. Unless you are talking about the farmed lunkers that attract the buzzer brigade that have more money and sense. Two old fishing mates, Cliff Fox & Kevin Nash have made an absolute fortune out of them.
kat_lewis

Yep know them well, and they are welcome to the buzzer brigade. Give me 'wild, natural' fishing anytime for the peace, quiet and feelling of exhilaration when you have outwitted a fine opponent.
Bazzer

No you're talking. travel light and stalk the summer margins with a floater.
adirondack-jim

Quote:
Kill it and grill it Jim or kiss it and put it back?


Went back to the river to fight another day...
Bazzer

Total respect Geezer.  

Taste bleeding awful anyway.

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