That Was Bigger Than Expected
|Orvis will never let you down.|
As I said in the beginning most of these carp run a little on the small side. Nice thing about carp is that size doesn't really matter. They all run like freight trains. It didn't take to long and I had my first common on the bank. After the release I noticed that all the activity just stopped. No mud trails, no tails, no bubbles, just a whole lot of nothing. I lit a cigarette and sat down on the bank scanning the water. Normally this pond keeps producing, but for a good 10 minutes or so the water was just lifeless. Then I noticed some bubbles slowly breaking the surface. The issue was that they were way out in the pond. Probably a good 40 feet or so from were I was sitting. It's pretty well known that I'm not the best distance caster. Most of my casts are only accurate if the distance is less than 30 feet. Carp fishing is an accuracy game. You have such a small area to drop that fly. The fly needs to land within inches of the carps head to even have a chance of getting noticed, especially in muddy water. Stripping some line off the reel I took a deep breath, made a few false casts, and let that Jan's Carp Tickler Fly loose towards the middle of the pond. To be honest it was probably the prettiest cast I've ever made. The line laid out straight and the fly barely made a ripple as it hit the water. "Impressive" I thought to myself, "All that practice in the backyard is finally paying off." That's when I felt the bump.