Carpocalypse

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#16
Just finished tying some new patterns. Found what appears to be a large flat, but it's a long way out toward the river, so I'll use my kayak taxi to get there. If there are carp there, I'll be ecstatic to fish in water that isn't 6' to 8' deep. Supposed to be close to dead-calm here tomorrow morning. We shall see . . .
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#17
Well, I had a gorgeous day & got a lot of exercise, but saw damn few carp. The Corps did pull the water down, but I saw a very few carp in frenetic spawn mode & zero, zip, nada feeding or tailing. It was still a great day, which most every outing can be if one but lets it. Might be a tough Carpapalooza in August.
 
#18
I spent the day Monday around the Yakima Delta area of Tri-Cities and saw about 2 1/2 zillion spawning carp, but almost no feeders. Also saw a couple of bowfishers - looks like a blast, but seems ethically questionable. What's the deal there… Are they eating those fish?
 

Jmills81

The Dude Abides
#19
I spent the day Monday around the Yakima Delta area of Tri-Cities and saw about 2 1/2 zillion spawning carp, but almost no feeders. Also saw a couple of bowfishers - looks like a blast, but seems ethically questionable. What's the deal there… Are they eating those fish?
nope just sticking them and leaving them. sad deal
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#20
The carp in the Delta area seem to be favoring certain locations & deeper water this year, which makes fly rodding for them a "blind" attempt at best. By law, bow fishers are supposed to take their "catch" with them, but some of them don't & unfortunately I've seen lots of carp with holes in them dumped, which unfortunately makes for a smelly experience for bank fisherman who also frequent those areas. I begrudge no one their particular sport, but there are always a few unethical types out there who tarnish the image of the rest of them as a whole. Unfortunate.
 
#23
As a carp flyfishing newbie, can you make a physical distinction for me between spawning behavior and feeding/tailing fish? I'm fishing from a boat, and in a lot of areas I saw many, many "puffs" of mud, but the overall water condition was so murky that I couldn't discern individual fish's vertical orientation or behavior. Since there were numerous jumping/rolling fish in the same areas, I assumed everything in that bay was spawning. Unfortunately, the only couple fish I saw in the main Columbia that appeared to be "tailing" saw me and the boat first. I'm new at this, but one of those fish was as big around as it was long (female with eggs?) and I would guess had to be 30 to 40 pounds plus! I would have been severely undergunned against that fish anyway, with my 8 weight and 10 pound Maxima!

Also, am I crazy to be trying this from a boat? Is it mostly a walk-n-wade stalking game?
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#24
If they are splashing & thrashing, the majority were likely spawning. Depending on where you were at on the Columbia, the spawn is running a bit late this year. Wading & sight fishing has been the most productive, but I've done well out of float tubes, kayak, and my pram also. Stealth is the key.
 
Likes: JS

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#27
it's been tough carping locally all year, at least for me. Carp are strangely absent from my old haunts; good luck to those who participate.