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Bill de Brooklyn

Carp notes for fly fishers

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I've been carpin for a number of years with all kinds of rods. Grass, Glass & Graphite, from 2 wt to 8 wt switch rods. Yes they are smart, yes they are spooky. carp will take the same flies that trout take. the secret to catching carp with flies is your presentation. You must use stealth, accuracy, & patience when fishing for carp. carp do not chase flies. unless a carp is feeding it will ignore your fly. when it is feeding you fly must be in the "feeding zone" for the carp to consider your offering. the zone is like a triangle about 2 feet long; with the carp's mouth being the apex of the triangle. cast your fly in the zone & the carp may take your fly. Dry flies, wet flies and nymphs all work; it depends on what they are targeting and your presentation. wear earth tones, no flashy rings or watches. use a net , less stress for you & the carp. Have a plan on how you will fight the fish. Know where you want the carp to go and where you want to stay away from. Since carp are not trout, get them on the reel ASAP

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Carp must be in the process of feeding before they will consider your fly. carp will take many of the same flies that trout take but only when they are in the process of feeding themselves. So don't think that normal fly fishing tactics will work, they won't. carp do not chase flies! when carp are feeding, your fly must be in their feeding zone. the feeding zone is triangular shaped with the apex of the triangle starting at the carp's mouth. the base of the triangle is about 2 feet from the mouth. put your fly in that zone & the carp will "consider" your fly. the most important thing to know is that your presentation of the fly to the carp must be accurate. if your presentation is sloppy, you will spook the carp and it will leave the area. once your fly is in the feeding zone, make small moves with the fly (less than 3 inches) or twitch the fly. carp do not like fast movement or big movements. carp do not like seeing you so use stealth. remember if you can see the carp, the carp can see you! cast no shadows on the water. do not over line carp when casting.

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Thanks bill. Got into this game last summer. What time of year can you strart to target them and what's the best. Mid summer was perfect for me last year as the bass game was dead during the day at least.

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