Slacking for Carp
|The should be king of freshwater fish.|
Carp are quickly becoming the freshwater fish of choice for many fly anglers. These fish are smart, finicky, and can be found almost anywhere. As an urban angler I can't think of a better fish species to chase. If you think I'm talking crazy you're definitely not alone. I hear about it all the time from other anglers, especially from the local troutists (trout+elitist). Trash fish, garbage fish, rough fish, think of your derogatory comment and insert it here. The funny thing is most of the trout anglers I know don't have the necessary angling skills required to catch one of these beautiful fish. Carp will test you and many times they will send you home with your tail between your legs.
|Jan's Carp Tickler Fly|
|The lovable face of Cyprinus carpio, fly provided by Orvis.|
So as the summer wears on here in the midwest and the water temps start to climb, keep an eye out for the common carp. They can take the heat better than trout and are found in even more places than bass. Whether you fish creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, or lakes, chances are you will have a carp close by. They are ridiculously strong fighters and stupid amounts of fun to catch on fly rod. If you want to give it a try sometime drop me a line. I will be happy to be your guide as you enter the addictive world of fly fishing for carp. Hell, I'll even help keep it a secret from your trout buddies if you decide you really like it.
|In all seriousness I have nothing against trout.|