What's your go to carp fly?

Joe M.

another addict
#1
I just started harassing carp this summer. I have had pretty good success, but the carp have been keyed in on choke cherries, and while I have picked up a few on fat brown stone fly nymphs and san juan worms, my purple glow bugs are like magnets in comparison. Alas, the fruit is mostly gone, and the fish seem to be changing their patterns. So I'm wondering, what's your go to carp fly?
 
#2
I pursue Carp alot down here around Los Angeles.... here's my "Must have" fly selection...:

1.) Clouser's Swimming Nymph, Rusty Brown; #8 -#10

2.) Whitlock's Near Enuff Crawdad, Olive; #8

3.) Jean's Carpilicious, Olive, #8 - #10

4.) Various Colored San Juan Worms...(try a Hot Pink version, it'll amaze you..)

5.) BH Rubber Legged Wool Buggers, Black-Olive or Rusty Brown; #8 -#12...

With this selection I am confident I'll get a Carp to eat one of them..if they are in the Mood...:cool:


DEAN ~~~
 

Joe M.

another addict
#4
I pursue Carp alot down here around Los Angeles.... here's my "Must have" fly selection...:

1.) Clouser's Swimming Nymph, Rusty Brown; #8 -#10

2.) Whitlock's Near Enuff Crawdad, Olive; #8

3.) Jean's Carpilicious, Olive, #8 - #10

4.) Various Colored San Juan Worms...(try a Hot Pink version, it'll amaze you..)

5.) BH Rubber Legged Wool Buggers, Black-Olive or Rusty Brown; #8 -#12...

With this selection I am confident I'll get a Carp to eat one of them..if they are in the Mood...:cool:


DEAN ~~~
Thanks Dean, I'll try some hot pink worms and look up what a "Jean's Carpilicious" is!
 
#5
Thanks Dean, I'll try some hot pink worms and look up what a "Jean's Carpilicious" is!
JOE,

I will get the Dressing to You.. I can't recall it right now... The Crapilicious was designed by my Good Friend, Guy Jeans, Who owns Kernville TroutFitters in Kernville, California.. It was designed to target the Carp in Lake Isabella, downstream from the Shop... Works pretty damn good all around Los Angeles and the surrounding areas....

DEAN ~~~
 

Joe M.

another addict
#7
I have tried a slight variant of the carrot (tied on a scud hook) and the fish would swim over and look at it but never pick it up; I guess I have to give it another shot.
 

Joe M.

another addict
#10
I was out on Monday during the day the carp were quite active. I tried the a variety of nymphs including the carp carrot variant and the carp were inhaling them. Totally refusing my olive buggers but loved anything small and nymph like. Picked them up on orange, purple, and red.
 
#12
Hey Fella's, good stuff. I fish the delta in Northern Ca and we have huge carp. My question is this. How do you fish the fly? Slow strip, hang or what? Thanks in advance.
 
#13
Hey Fella's, good stuff. I fish the delta in Northern Ca and we have huge carp. My question is this. How do you fish the fly? Slow strip, hang or what? Thanks in advance.
It depends Gregg, sometimes an active retrieve gets them to bit, but often a slow hand twist works best. often, when sight fishing to Carp I will drop a Crawdad or Clouser swimming nymph in front of them 2 feet, allow it to sink and then twitch it to get their attention. Watch what they do so You'll understand what should be done next.. sometimes a second twitch is required to "seal the Deal".. When we fish "Crap Shrooms" or Glo Bugs to imitate Seed pods (or "Duck Bread Bites") we simply allow the pattern to drift down current.... the takes then can be insanely soft and You have to just strip slightly to feel weight, then Drive the hook home when you feel the weight. Of course, when the Sun is behind You and you can sight fish to them, You'll usually see them react to the fly.... It's all a BLAST!!!!:cool::cool::thumb:
 

pfournier

Do it outside!
#14
Since I just caught a bunch of carp on Chironomid patterns, I'll be trying that out next summer as my new favorite warm water past time!