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Hi and good day from sunny South Africa, we are a group of four 20 odd year old passionate fly fishermen and we fish all over South Africa for any fish that will take a fly!

Please check out this carp that member Kevin Snyman caught on Friday in the Vaal river in Gauteng province. This 12kg (26 pound) bull of a carp was hooked and landed in a 40 min fight on a 5-weight rod! We do a lot of fresh water river angling for Trout, yellowish, barbell and carp. Please feel free to check us out on YouTube (Uncharted Fly Fishing).

Kev used a self tied black nymph and he was using a type of polish nymphing technique which seems to work best in this particular river.  

Kev PB carp on fly.jpg

Edited by Uncharted Fly Fishing
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By polish nymphing I assume you are referring to the same tightline techniques for trout? Or is there a polish fly casting technique for carp too? I never would have guessed you could euro-nymph carp effectively.

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Those 40 minutes must have been the most exciting 40 minutes of his life! Or at least fishing life! Thanks a lot for sharing the story, this is seriously cool.

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 well done ! 

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On ‎2016‎-‎09‎-‎27 at 0:57 AM, Franky said:

By polish nymphing I assume you are referring to the same tightline techniques for trout? Or is there a polish fly casting technique for carp too? I never would have guessed you could euro-nymph carp effectively.

Franky you are right, it is the same tight line technique we use for trout except it was sight casting in shallow rapids to tailing carp. We use a technique known as mono (monofilament) nymphing, which is no fly line on the reel, just backing attached to an 11 foot self-constructed nymphing leader with hi-vis strike indicator line. We use a 3 fly team with the dropper on the bottom.  

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6 hours ago, Uncharted Fly Fishing said:

Franky you are right, it is the same tight line technique we use for trout except it was sight casting in shallow rapids to tailing carp. We use a technique known as mono (monofilament) nymphing, which is no fly line on the reel, just backing attached to an 11 foot self-constructed nymphing leader with hi-vis strike indicator line. We use a 3 fly team with the dropper on the bottom.  

Very cool! I use a similar technique for trout (usually a 20 foot mono leader) with multiple sighters built in, but I had no idea this would work for carp. I guess in a rapid river like that they're basically feeding on just nymphs and such anyways

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