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Re: 2017 Carpin' thread
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The hatch is on!

Let the "suckers" run to Penns to chase drakes. We know about the real hatch. Yeah baby - here's to screaming drags.

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dc you should run a guide service for carp!

Posted on: 6/8 16:20


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dc you should run a guide service for carp!


Nah! I would and have taken other anglers out carpin' occasionally if the schedule allows. Guiding, on the other hand would seem too much like work to me. Carpin' helps to get my mind off of work.

Posted on: 6/8 22:04


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Very cool stuff John. Great pics too.

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I had my best morning ever today chucking berries for carp. Earlier in the week I located 4-5 mulberry trees that were heavy with fruit and overhanging the creek and the carp were already staged there and feeding on the dropping berries. I started early this morning at just about sunrise and caught carp under every one of those mulberry trees.

I ended up bringing six to the net and lost at least that many fish to the heavy amount of woody debris in this stream. I would cautiously approach each tree and try to figure out how to get my offering out to the feeding carp without spooking them. Whenever I would hook a fish and all the commotion associated with the battle it pretty well shut down all of the feeding at that spot.

I had some good solid takes, some very subtle takes as well as some real classic refusals. I lost a couple of really big fish to the brushy blow downs in the stream. The carp love to hang around under and on the edges of these blow downs. Put a mulberry tree overhanging one of the blow downs - perfect carp habitat!

Overall, it was just a beautiful morning on the local warmwater creek. The Catalpa trees were in full bloom. I never really knew how beautiful Catalpa flowers were until this morning. There still appeared to be a fair amount of mulberries that were not ripened up yet. We may actually get another week out of the mulberry hatch this year. Good luck if you get a chance to cash in on it!


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That's just too cool. Like your fly!

Posted on: 6/10 13:48


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Thanks, fritz.

I've been working on that pattern for the past three years. Everything from packed deer hair for bouancy to a heavy enough hook to hold the good fish (standard dry fly hook is not the answer) to the right amount of weight to achieve the "plop", it's all about the "plop". The final thing is it needs to ride in the film just like a natural berry (about 80% below the film and 20% above the surface). If it doesn't have the profile and ride in the surface just like a natural they just won't eat it. This morning was payday!

Posted on: 6/10 14:50


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I'm about to head to head out to target some huge grass carp in a local pond, I'm talking 40 + inch fish. What kind of leader/flies do you all think I should go with? I was thinking a 20 pound to 15 to 12 or something along those lines. And for flies I'm just looking up some online. Any info helps thanks!

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Welcome to PAFF Jlafko3. I have no experience at all with grass carp. If they are indeed 40" fish they are probably in the 30 lb plus range. Don't cut yourself short on tippet strength. I've heard that they are really strong fighters.

As far as flies go, as their name implies they are pretty much vegetarians so something green with a bit of action would be the direction I would head. If I knew where some were I'd be after them in a heartbeat. Let us know how you make out. Good luck!

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That sounds like a great morning, DC.

I went searching for mulberries and carp today. I found some mulberry trees but none close enough to the creek. I did find some "carpy" water and some new access, so all was not lost.

Posted on: 6/10 23:50
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Thanks DC, I just whipped up a few grassy looking flies with what I had, some dark olive marabou, olive zonker strips, and some Peacock herl and used deer hair. By no means is it pretty, but I did get 2 looks and noses but no actual takes sadly. This is pretty far out of my league as I really have only fly fished for trout. I'm not gonna give up on these guys though, I know it's only a matter of time before I get one to take.

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BC,

Finding good water and some new access is always a good thing. I'm very fortunate to have located some large mulberry trees with part of the canopy overhanging the water. It seems like stretches of the creek that I normally see a lot of mudding/feeding carp and do well nymphing for them are currently almost void of any carp. Seems like the word went out and whole carp population has relocated to under the mulberry trees. These fish are gluttonously feeding on the berries. They even seem to be a bit less spooky. Maybe some of the berries are starting to ferment and they leave their guard down while working on a "mulberry drunk".

Jlafko3,

Your quest is really cool. Keep after them. I assure when you get the first one to take and get a good solid hook set your drag will be "screaming"! You'll feel an adrenaline rush that you probably never felt before. Good luck, hope you stick one soon!

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I covered 15 miles of water today. I found two mulberry trees over the stream. The majority of berries weren't ripe, and the grackles were on the ones that were. There were no carp near either tree. I only saw 3 carp total today and none were feeding.

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I covered 15 miles of water today. I found two mulberry trees over the stream. The majority of berries weren't ripe, and the grackles were on the ones that were. There were no carp near either tree. I only saw 3 carp total today and none were feeding.


BC,

Wow! That's a lot of work for only seeing 3 carp. I realize that I may be totally spoiled by having some great carp fisheries in my back yard. Honestly, I would focus on a different stream, although I realize that your options may be limited. PM me if you want to get into more detail about it.

Posted on: 6/11 20:26


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I appreciate the help, DC!

I will send you a pm soon. I'll be honest, I'm a bit wore out from covering that much water in today's 90°+ weather.


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