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Re: Brownliners rejoice

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I'm dying to try carp on the fly. Looking for some productive places around the Pittsburgh area to give it a go if anyone cares to share :) I've seen a few beasts rolling under the bridge at the pine creek dhalo but have never had success. Granted, I've never had the right gear for it when I've tried though. It's always been while walking out after trout fishing so I've had the wrong fly box with me.

Posted on: 2013/7/8 19:57


Re: Brownliners rejoice

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stal42, how far are you willing to drive? Don't know of any places near Pittsburgh, but I fly fish for carp a lot on the Shenango with good success. Neshannock has carp also(and nice ones at that) but I've never gotten one to bite there. Really want to try to figure them out this summer. Also know of a stream in New Castle that has some. It's a small creek, but if you're already out by Neshannock it may be worth a shot on the way home/there.

Posted on: 2013/7/8 20:05


Re: Brownliners rejoice

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I often drive upwards of 2 hours for fun on the water so I'm not afraid to travel! :) I live in the north hills, so neshannock and slippery rock aren't all that bad of a quick trip (we once got a musky to play on src which was fun!)

Posted on: 2013/7/8 20:11


Re: Brownliners rejoice

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They are everywhere, and shouldn't be hard to find in and around Pittsburgh.

For fly fishing (for carp), the only way to go is sight casting to carp that are already feeding. That is, unless you like to bow fish.

I have never traveled anywhere to specifically target carp by any method. But I'm not above targeting them if I happen to see them while I am fishing for other things. Carp are not as cooperative on a fly rod as bass or trout.

Loads of them in the Allegheny, and the cool thing about that is that there is often a smallmouth bass or two just down stream of a feeding carp eating what the carp stirs up. Normally I would be after the smallmouth, but if the carp happens to take it, I am never upset by it.

I also have observed smallmouth just downstream of turtles, but this is a carp thread, not smallmouth.

When I say the Allegheny, I'm talking wide shallow areas where you can wade. I'm sure this applies to most streams as well.

As far as the funny looks go, I only give those when someone asks to keep a carp that I just caught, but I do that with steelhead as well.

Posted on: 2013/7/9 6:47
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