Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Carp Wooley when the Sun Came

The short story is that I had a great day at work, and I have a long ass day planned for tomorrow, so when the sun broke through I left two hours early to address a certain faction of cyprinid fishes that had gathered at a given location. I spent much of that time casting and high-sticking and naked nymphing, etc. to those fish only to land nary a carp. Smallies and white suckers - yes... but carp - no. I did snag a few, but they all popped off, and rightly so.

As 16:55 came around, I decided to jump out of the river and investigate a good-looking sight fishing joint I had scoped yesterday. Bingo-fuggin-zingo. Carp everywhere. Trouble was that water was dead calm and they were fairly wary. Even a carp wooley - a fly that has a pretty modest splash factor - was putting them off. Ten minutes of casting and pulling the fly to drop in a tempting fashion finally produced a great take though... this carp sidled on up and inhaled it in aggressive fashion. Watched the whole bit as though I were in a cinema. I had to pull some pretty gymnastic and fancy stunts to land this fish, given the location. Rochester MN.

Count it as the seventh instance in 2008 in which I've literally been able to view the fly entering a carp's mouth. Good tally. Nice little fix.

Also - saw a trio of guys waving fly rods... never expected that. Great to see. If any of you were them - hello, and I hope you had some luck. Let me know if you got any of those fish in the tailwater to eat. I could not do it.

Also - I found that if you "jig" your fly while raising it from the bottom, you can pretty consistently get suckers to eat it. Kind of a cool discovery.


Blogger Unknown said...

J, we'll have to hit that spot up in the upcoming weeks.

Cool find on the nymphing technique. It's something that has proven quite successful for me this spring. It also works great for soft hackles and wet flies, as the fish think the nymph is starting to emerge. Discovering that technique was one of the fruits of my blind nymphing; glad you were able to figure it out.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Royce Gracie said...

Bingo-fuggin-bango baby! I'll have to use that expression from here on out. Look forward to finding a nymph down there some time with you.

Later dog, jw

8:05 PM  
Blogger John Montana said...

very nice are killing me this year. i'm really worried about the OR trip. i've never seen the water this high and have no idea what that will do the carping.

i know we'll have a good time, but it might be spring mn 2008 x 2. tough conditions that we make the best of, though i will promise you won't freeze your ass off like i did in mn!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

JP: carping when I get back from OR is what we'll do.

JW: get your ass down here any time you want... we'll go hook a carp and I'll video the look on your face as he runs your ass all over the pond.

JB: Not to worry - we'll have a good time regardless. Can't wait to get out there. Apparently we should have reversed the order of the trips.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 16 year old has gone fishing crazy. He goes out all of the time. Last week he came home with a piercing - not what you think. He had a little trout lure stuck in his forehead. He also had some nice brownies that went well with dinner.
He wants to start fly fishing - we've talked about trout and bass and even sunfish, but I never thought of carp and fly fishing. Do a lot of folks fly fish for carp?
We live over in Red Wing.
I've wondered how you could fly fish around here with all of the brush surrounding the creeks and rivers.
I'll get my son a fly rod to get him started and I'm sure he'll figure out the rest.
Thanks for the carp idea.

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