On Presidents' Day, I drove a distance to this location. Known winter carp joint, as you can see there. I've been wondering about this place all winter. Don't get up there much anymore, now that I've moved down south, and we've got travel restrictions in place at work... so no heading north to main office. The only way to work out if there were carp there or not was to buck up and put in the miles. Approx 40 minute drive one way. Did it. This is what I saw:
Nothing at all, really. Couple items to consider when wondering why:
(1) The water was somewhat turbid. The knee-jerk reaction is to say sure - it rained and melted recently. Well, I've looked on this spot quite a few times, and it rarely goes turbid. It's a tailwater, and the reservoir kills any sediment pulse. Not sure how it came to be brown recently... interesting.
(2) Commercial fisherman have recently seined thousands of tons of carp out of this stretch of river. Could have decimated the population. Probably did.
(3) The fish were there, but just not in my view/sight. I stared at the water for a good 20 minutes before I even strung up my rod. Never did see one silhouette. This isn't a blind fishing water, but I cast around for 15 minutes anyway, just to see if my fly would bump something and give me a clue or two. Never did.
A good lesson in sunken costs: I made the trip, and it was a given that I had to make the trip home. Therefore, there was no sense in flailing away at nothing and burning precious minutes. Left two hours early and got home before the kids woke up.
Some folks have been around though - apparently bleeding fish and making fire:
No roughians then, yet in 2009. Have to wait it out a bit longer.