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  1. First carp on the fly!

    Fish like that will convert a brookie fisherman in a hurry. I started this pursuit over 10 years ago, as a TU member looking for some recreational fishing closer to home when gas prices were higher. After 10 years and owning property in prime brook trout waters, I still prefer to chase carp. One season, I spent 66 days on the water and didn't keep a single trout - all catch and release. Then it dawned on me. If I am just doing the catching for fun, why not have something on the other end of the line that pulls harder? A carp, fly fisherman was released from the bonds of those that turn up their noses at our game fish of choice. Nicely done, turning another fly fisherman into a carp angler.
  2. Carp Flag?

    Good deal Barry. Glad that you liked the idea. Chayathecat, I have some people that I consider friends that don't get my passion for chasing these fish. I tell them, one year I spent 66 days on the water as recorded in my journal. I kept zero trout. So now instead of driving hours just to release brook trout and maybe a 14 or 15" brown, I catch true 10 and even 20 pounders on my fly rod with flies that I tie myself. My goal is a true 30 one day soon. The drug is the TUG! Like many others on this board, I will fly a carp flag proudly.
  3. Carp Flag?

    So which one or ones did you end up with Barry? There are many types and styles available.
  4. Carp Flag?

    Anyone chase carp out of a boat or kayak and think about flying a carp flag. Found these cheap on Ebay from China: http://www.ebay.com/itm/55cm-150cm-Japanese-Windsock-Carp-Flag-Garden-Koi-Nobori-Sailfish-Wind-Streamer-/201560009014?var=&hash=item2eede9a936:m:mEC6-lte0Sw3AQNLWsqUQUg What started this is that many Kayakers fly a blaze orange safety flag so that you don't get run over by bigger boats. So if I am going to fly a flag anyhow, why not a carp flag. Almost thought of buying multiple ones and running them up the mast like marlin fisherman each time I land one on the fly rod. Unless I have one of those 27 fish days. So what do you think? Am I all whacked for even thinking this?
  5. Up the Creek

    I have an inexpensive Kayak that is designed to stand up in and fish. I would love a Hobbie Mirage Pro Angler but the $4k price tag is not for me. I think my dream, within reason kayak, is a NuCanoe Pursuit but they are still $1600 +. Maybe one day on a used Pursuit - I found one locally for $1300 used but that is still too rich. I bought an Emotion Stealth Pro Angler. Check out the youtube video (not my video): Emotion Stealth Pro Angler Here's another video: Facebook Happypaddlin Emotion Stealth Pro Angler The Stealth Pro was only $599 and I found that to be a good price on a yak that list for $799. It is wide enough and has a tri-hull, so that I can stand up and cast. The other nice thing is that the seat is off of the floor. I always wanted a kayak, but there is no way that I can sit on the floor and watch a full length movie; I sure can't sit in the bottom of a normal kayak and fish for hours and hours. The seat in these fishing type kayaks give you just enough lift to let your legs break a little at the knees and are just more comfortable than the traditional kayak. My normal procedure for carp fishing is to locate the fish. Either clooping (sucking at the surface of the water) or I spy them in shallow water. Like you, I cast in front of them, bring the fly into the "bite zone" (6" to 18" off of their nose) and watch the fish. I almost NEVER feel a bite, I always see the fish eat and then hook set with a file sharpened hook. I always say to "cross their eyes" which to me just means that the hook set is usually aggressive. Like I said earlier, if I don't SEE fish, I don't even wet a line. It's not the only way to fish for carp, but I love the stalk and present method. It's as close as I will get to bonefishing in Wisconsin. Get the right yak that you can stand up in, so you can see into the water better. By the way, if I leave my polarized glasses at home, I also don't fish. No vision, no fish. Check out this video on the NuCanoe Pursuit, if my pockets were just a little deeper:
  6. Up the Creek

    I've been out about 4 or 5 times this year and only put the line in the water just a half doz times. I only fish when I see fish and I just haven't seen many fish this year in my normal spots. I bought a kayak this year and plan on chasing larger fish in new locations. I only hope to catch some fish like Rwar. I'm glad that you are finding the fish and that your pink SJ pattern did it for you. Congrats on a nice outing and a nice fish.
  7. Short outting paid big dividends

    Caught 4 commons the same day (last Thursday - just posting the story now). This one was one of the nicer fish.
  8. I had a client reschedule an apt so I had a small block of time available. I ran to the river with fly rod in tow. As I was checking out places where I had good experiences in the past I finally found a group of carp feeding on the surface and just below in a current break along a scum line. While I like to throw weighted flies in other situations, this time the presentation called for a very neutrally boyant fly. If it weighted too much it sank right past their feeding zone at too fast of a pace. One the things that I have done more often is that if I find a pattern that I like but the fish don't react to the fly in any way, I change patterns much quicker than what I use to. These days if I put the fly in the "spot" where fish can see it and eat it and there is no response from several fish, I will do as little as three cast to a group and change flies. This was the case on this outting. First two flies were go to patterns without so much as a body shift or a positional change. Third pattern in 5 mins of fishing hit pay dirt. Nice common came to the net. Second fish was a respectable fish in size and was thinking NEW SCREEN SAVER, third fish was on an ant pattern dry fly by Kelly Gallop called an Ant Acid. Forth fish was the smallest of the day. Then it happened. A new pod of carp, farther out on the edge. A longer double haul cast, two twitches and on the thrid twitch there was weight on the line. I knew that the fish was larger since the 7 wt wasn't moving it much. As she came closer I could see the very identifiable head shape and mouth of a BUFF! I didn't horse the fish in and took my time with the 8 pound Vanish I was running as tippet. Finally found my new screen saver for the day.
  9. The Carp on the Fly section is BACK !

    When doing this look at John's screen shot closely. I was in my profile area trying to find how to get this done. It's in the custom section once in the forum. Thanks John for the tips. I was dissapointed that the threads of Old were gone. Glad that they are still here. Much appreciate your help and looking forward to posting again in a wonderful place with others of common interests. Thanks again for bringing this section back.
  10. The Carp on the Fly section is BACK !

    That was good timing. I've been off of the board for a while and now have my old spot to hang around again. Are all of the old posts gone forever? There was a lot of good stuff in there. Checking in and considering hitting a small stream with my fly rod tomorrow. Temps suppose to be in the upper 40s F and looking to present a nice simple leach pattern to my local small stream carp.
  11. Brand New Carp Video

    Nice video, enjoyed it. Camera man did a good job. Wonderful capture. Most painful part about watching this video was it reminded me that I lost my Broden Ghost Coho net last year. Still a painful memory since I loved that net. Will have to buy another one sometime. Rick
  12. Foam Line Carp

    Great job Dave, glad to hear that you are still chasin' them. I was recently thinking about "technique" and how it is very dependant on conditions and how you want to chase them. Glad that you have a new weapon in your arsenal. Rick
  13. Great Lakes Carping...

    Glad that you guys had fun! Congrats on what looks to be a grand time had by all. Rick
  14. Topwater Lake Carp Question

    Hi Lee. I have that happen often too. I have never been able to ID what they were eating but have had success casting a variety of flies in their path. It is a very hit and miss thing for me and some of the most frustrating fishing, so of course I love it. I would guess midges, but I don't have success with midges. Carp are opportunistic and if they are eating midges and a bigger morsel comes along, it doesn't seem to bother them. My biggest success comes from stealth and not fly selection. Sometimes they will key in on a particular fly but if you see them, and they see you, they are going to be tough no matter what you do. I have had a tremdous day fishing for cloopers with foam spiders and even throwing some bigger wolff patterns. I find instead of matching the hatch, I do better being able to see exactly where my fly is and place it in their path. I really want it in the tea cup size target zone off of their nose. A big note here, while I find cloopers a low probability catch and very frustrating, don't pass them by. Take your best shot and realize right from the get go that they will probably NOT bite. But guess what, sometimes they do. Hey, I was fishng Friday with one of your patterns Lee for carp and look what got in the way.
  15. New To Fly Fishing And Fly Carpin'

    Well Eric, you are in a world of hurt, but you just don't fully realize it yet. You do have lots of us other crazies right there with you though. Congrats on jumping into the deep end first. I could give you all kinds of wonderful little links on fly tying and carp fishing on the fly and places that will be glad to take your money. My first comment is to go back to that place that took that money from you and get some casting lessons now, before the season gets hot. If you are not fighting your equipment, you will have fun and enjoy your time on the water. Get a good foundation and hit the ground running. Look forward to reading more of your adventures this year. Congrats again. Rick