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Carping With Mctage

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Legendary CO based fly rod carper Mctage made the journey to OR to join me for a few days of carping in the high, dirty, nasty Columbia waters. Yes, the water is high. It was a great trip highlighted by some fantastic takes, ninja style stealth, big fish, unique settings (I caught a 21 lb fish a few feet away from an overturned picnic table) and great company. I enjoyed fishing with Mctage and was thrilled when he stuck this massive 23 lb monster...from his knees after an extended stalk too!

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We caught some real monsters with the five biggest fish weighing 21, 22, 23, 23 and 31 lbs. I caught this 23 lber on the last day.

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The 31 brute was caught on a size 8 black and orange soft hackle...she took the fly by simply stopping over the top of it and hoovering it off the bottom like a vacuum cleaner.

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So many stories and images in my mind that I can't really keep things straight. Overall, it was just a fantastic couple of days. We brought roughly 100 carp to hand with a ton of solid 12-19 lb fish. The high water is difficult, but pretty interesting!

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Thanks again for coming out Mctage! Great fishing with you...

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Incredible captures, especially considering the water conditions.rock.gif

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nice report incredible fishes Mr Montana I see that the hard conditions doesn't stop you

WTG. congrats.

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Don't know how you guys do it ! Around here the carp aren't as big but are super hard to catch I'm good caster and i'm lucky if I can catch one a day and they don't chase the fly at all you almost have to put in their mouth for them take it :bonk:

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not sure where you are Frederick, but the fish are similar out in OR. they flat out don't chase flies. i basically still fish for them, or get them to move a couple of inches max. they just don't like to move very far. i'd love to find some fish that would chase crayfish patterns! i need to visit the great lakes!

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Don't know how you guys do it ! Around here the carp aren't as big but are super hard to catch I'm good caster and i'm lucky if I can catch one a day and they don't chase the fly at all you almost have to put in their mouth for them take it :bonk:

At least you have a chance at them with a fly. I have never seen any feeding carp anywhere in Northern California except for surface feeding induced by feeding bread to ducks. If I were to try for the surface feeders, I would be way more likely to catch a duck unless I'm really fast at jerking the fly away from them.

Most waters in this area have no more than 4 or 5 feet visibility and usually less. We see a lot of bubbles that indicate carp feeding on the bottom but we can't see the carp so there's no way to sight fish for them. I assume you folks catch all your fish by sight fishing since I'm pretty sure a carp would spit out a fly before we knew we were being bit. I would love to catch just one carp on a fly before I die but I don't see it happeninmg in this area. I have caught many carp into the low 20's with 6 weight fly gear baited with corn and it's a great thrill fighting them on the fly tackle. Sorry for rambling on, I'm getting quite senile these days.~8

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