Fly fishing for Carp is rapidly gaining popularity. Carp are found in nearly every state and offer the fly fisher a new species to tackle. Carp are the smartest fish in freshwater and will test your technique and tackle with blistering runs and super selective feeding.
If you don’t think Carp are for you, consider this: The next time you have a holiday or weekend off of work and you consider chasing Trout on the local streams remind yourself that EVERYONE else is also off. With that in mind a busy day on a Trout stream can lead to frustration due to the occasional inconsiderate angler. Chances are, the local Carp pond/lake will be void of anglers allowing you to chase far more challenging fish in relative solitude.
The how to portion of Carping is worthy of several other posts to come at a later time. For now, utilize your favorite search engine and check out the latest Carp fooling techniques.
I did a quick youtube search and came up with an interesting video featuring one of my Umpqua Signature patterns, the Headstand. The Headstand is specifically designed for Carp and this video shows how it swims and rests on the bottom. I’m happy to report the gals in Thailand/Sri Lanka have this fly dialed in and the design works like a charm,……er, or at least as it should….