I had a real long list of things on my to-do list for the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The first one on the list was to go carpin’. I didn’t leave as early as I usually do due to it still raining from a previous evening of several thunderstorms moving through the area. The last system moved through at about 6 AM so I promptly left for one of my local carpin’ spots. It was a very strange morning as it almost appeared that the sun was going to rise in the west, being very dark in the east and bright in the western sky.
When I arrived at my spot I found a lot of vegetative debris floating on top in the lower corner of the pond as a result of last evening’s storms. I immediately noticed two carp working just under the vegetation and actually “clooping” on top. I snuck into position and presented my fly just to the left of the feeding carp. The carp turned toward the fly and sucked it right in! After a decent battle I brought my first “clooper” of the year to the net. I caught another carp a bit later that was in a more conventional feeding mode. Both fish were taken on Montana’s Hybrid Carp Fly. I’m pretty sure the first fish was convinced that my fly was something that it dislodged as it was bumping around in the floating vegetation.
My biggest failure of the morning was on a fish that I spotted feeding within two feet of the pond bank. I got into perfect position without spooking the feeding carp. I swung my fly out and presented it just in front but a little off to the side of the fish. The carp turned toward the fly and I vividly saw the orange mouth open … and then shut. I softly strip set and had nothing but air. Obviously whatever the carp just ate wasn’t my fly! The amazing thing is the fish didn’t blow out of there, so I presented the fly again to the carp and it politely said “I don’t think so”. The chances of a carp taking the same fly that just rocketed away from it are not very good.
Fun morning of carpin’. Get out there and take some shots. Tight lines and screamin’ reels!