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"A Mirror Common"

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The weather was crummy, the sky was overcast, the river was up in the brush, the water was cloudy and it was difficult to get the fly down even in the margins. But we were fishing, so heck, it was a good day. One of the fish I caught looked like a Mirror when I got my first fleeting glimpse of it. When I got it in, I realized it was a Common with some unusual scales.

I wondered if the egg it hatched from had been fertilized by both a large Common and a small Mirror. Maybe Common scales are dominant. Maybe the fish had been looking around at his Carp neighbors and liked Mirror scales better than his own and was just in the process of trying to make the change. Change can be difficult for all of us. Maybe it was the first day on the job for whoever put the scales on this fish and he had no idea how to arrange them but then figured it out. Maybe when some 900 pound sturgeon tried to suck this Carp in, the Carp got away and his loosened scales grew back on funny. Maybe it's a "Mirror Common" or a "Common Mirror". Probably it just has some unusual scales.

A huge highlight of the day was fishing with my son, Michael. I'll be talking about this experience in my column, The Last Cast, in the North American Carp Angler magazine. The title of the article is "Fathers and Sons"; look for it in the fall issue. (John Montana, I've pretty well finished the part about your dad.)

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Do muddlers have small patches of the irregular scales? Is that what defines them? Do you see fish that have that mottled scale pattern all over them? Are they common in other parts of the country?

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we get them now and again here in NY, some more "muddler" than others.

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we get them now and again here in NY, some more "muddler" than others.

As often as not its caused by vitamin or protein deficiency as fry or simply scarring from damage, pike, catfish?

Heres a muddler that has so far eluded my attentions, I've seen it a few times and its definitely 40lbs+.....all i have to do is catch it!

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