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First carp on the fly!

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I took a local TU member Carl Swanson on his first expedition to catch a carp on a fly... 

His first was this frisky male fish

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and his second this awesome 25lb common!

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Both fish falling to an original Jack Gartside pattern cast at bubbling feeders in about 4' of water

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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. 

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That a big catch! Congrats on your first carp. In my years of experience fly fishing, investing in a good wader is a step up. A good wader makes fly fishing easier and fun. If anyone is looking to buy one, you should go to this site.

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