World Series Carp Fishing
Weather on this day was gray. 100% cloud cover. Tilting toward rain. I've come to welcome this condition as long as a person can gain a good vertical perspective on the water. Meaning walk a river bank and look down and in. In fact it's better than full sun in this setting. The sunlight is needed to see great distances; to see into water when the eyes of the human are at a low angle to the water surface.
Three more carp came to hand over the next couple hours, none of which were scaled. All were 5-7 lbs by my estimate. They were all holed up in the gray slots. The low and clear water has driven them to these slots. Same observation last fall. Better to feel the weight of water on one's back; to feel heavy and dark and safe, than to linger in the light flowing thin and clear coverlet. They were found to be milling. A standard word; good word for carp. Generally positive association. Meaning they will respond to opportunities presented, even if they are not cruising or actively feeding. Tricky thing here is trying to get more than one out of each group. And thus while you may encounter a dozen fish, you can really only expect to hook approximately one. I suppose that's why it took a couple hours. First two fish were subtle takes; moves to the fly that I was watching intently. The last fish of the day: I cast well beyond, dragged and dropped a good 2-3 feet away in very still water. Normally like to get it closer. But the image was so good I opted to let it play out. Very slow drag, maybe making a small disturbance or plume. As soon as the fly was discerned by the carp, said fish swam in direct fashion and set down on the fly. This was dramatic and appreciated.
Could work going forward: World Series carping. Beautiful fall weather. Fish still around. They are heavy gray fish that will eat flies and look straight at you when you hold them.