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2017 Carpin' thread

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Last year we had a carpin' thread here on PAFF that went for the better part of 3 months with many forum members participating and lots of great stories and information shared. I'm starting up the 2017 carpin' thread this year a little bit early because the water is starting to warm up and the carp are starting to move out of the deeper water and starting to feed. Its time to get out there and try to stick one!

My idea for this thread is for folks to be able to share information back and forth about catching carp on the fly. It's a great place to share information, successes, failures, photos, new tactics, equipment questions, carp flies or whatever else might be on your mind.

I started off my carpin' season this afternoon while I was trying to tie into a nice pre-spawn smallie on the Conestoga River. I was fishing the seam along a small back water eddy when I spotted the tip of the tail of a large carp in the 2 1/2' deep water. I switched over to one of my favorite carp flies and gently laid the nymph in front of the feeding carp in the very off colored water. The leader twitched and it was game on! The fish took me deep into my backing with my entire 8 wt. line being in the river at the peak of the fight. My best carp yet finally came to hand. 35" and well over 20 lbs. What a blast! Good luck with your carpin' this season and keep the carpin' thread going.


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Posted on: 3/28 17:06


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That's a great fish John! Congrats!

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Fatso!

Now that's some motivation to start the carpin season.

I thought I heard some screamin sound coming from about fifty miles away - didn't realize it was a fly reel drag.


Posted on: 3/28 18:36


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Looks like it was a blast to pull that hog in.

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Wow nice fish John. I don't target carp but they sure are a fun surprise when trout fishing.

Posted on: 3/28 21:42


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I've really got to get into the carp action. I think I'll give it a shot this weekend and see if I can pull one out of the old PA canal. I've read the "Carp on the Fly" book, I've been on the carp websites, I've tied/invented some "carp flies," I think it is time I catch a carp.

Posted on: 3/29 6:21


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That carp is a beast... Nice job, and here is to many more for you this season.

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I've really got to get into the carp action. I think I'll give it a shot this weekend and see if I can pull one out of the old PA canal. I've read the "Carp on the Fly" book, I've been on the carp websites, I've tied/invented some "carp flies," I think it is time I catch a carp.


Thanks guys.

jifigz,

Absolutely, if you have an old canal with carp in it that is a great opportunity. Get out there and start taking some shots at feeding carp. Stealth and presentation is the name of the game in carpin'. Get a fly in the zone of a feeding carp without them knowing you are there and you'll be in business. Keep us updated. Good luck!

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That's a great start to your season for sure! Very nice.

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Congrats I'm jealous I havent broke the 20 lb mark yet .

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That is sweet! I do enjoy carp fishing myself also.
Usually though I target them in the summer. Good stuff!

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Nice work John!!

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Somerset lake has tailing carp everywhere. I should get on it.

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Somerset lake has tailing carp everywhere. I should get on it.


Yep! Get after them. The carp are really starting to get active. Water temps are warming up a bit and with the predicted high temps this week it should keep that trend moving. I located a whole pile of fish yesterday afternoon that just showed up out of the depths into the shallower flats of a local pond.

Posted on: 4/10 8:34


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This warmer trend of weather really has the carp on the move. I located a whole bunch of carp yesterday afternoon that had moved into a shallower flat area of a pond. The sun was high and bright and everybody and their brother were out fishing, running, walking the dog, throwing balls in the pond for the dog, sunbathing, reading etc. Certainly not perfect conditions for catching a carp on a fly. I found a few carp that appeared to be naturally feeding and laid my fly in front of the closest one. The fish immediately turned toward my fly and sucked it in. I pretty much spooked the rest of the fish in that area of the pond fighting the fish but did manage to bring my first mirror carp of the year to the net. I don't generally catch many of these mirror carp and this one was not huge but put up a great battle. This mirror was kind of unique in that it was practically scaleless with just a few scales along the dorsal fin and near the tail. Can't wait to get back into that pond some morning this week just before sunrise, hope I get the chance!


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