Carp?

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by SpeyrodMike, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    Mike, if you spend some time checking out that book i told you about or reading on the net about carp through a simple google search you will answer all of your questions easily.

    Those jumping fish were likely spawning, as this is normal behavoir. Unlike trout carp are usually not interested in feeding for any reason while spawning.

    Peace,
    Andy
     
  2. WT

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    Andy is mostly right. The whole truth is that some of those carps will roll and jump all summer long. They're happy fish, stay away from them and look for the tailers.
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  3. SpeyrodMike

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    The problem with that is it is really a dirty brown and you can't see them. My friend did catch one about 5 pounds. It nearly took the rod out of his hand. I guess it's going to take some more experience. During the day it was absolutely dead. This lake is not really deep either. I could take the oar from my potoon and touch the bottom with it. I know some of the areas where they congregate but haven't figured out how to catch them. Next time i go i'll take some photos so people can see what kind of conditions this place has. I know its got potential to be very good. I've seen some carp that had to be close to 10 pounds in there.
     
  4. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    Mike,
    Off color water can be hard, I would recomend for a beginning fisherman to move to clear water as to get a bit better view of them.

    Seeing how carp respond to flies is an inportant part of learning how to fish for them.

    Btw, have you read the article on this site about carp? It covers a bunch of stuff.

    Peace,
    Andy
     
  5. Teeg Stouffer

    Teeg Stouffer Fish Recycler

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    To luv2fly2's point about the indicator fly --

    An Orvis catalog / newspaper thing I got a while back suggested that the indicator fly was "the secret fly of guides in montana." While I found that ridiculous, it did finally prompt me to tie up some big orange beetles, because I've had hit fish hit my indicator enough times to count.

    So, I have these big (size 10 or so) orange foam flies in my box, but when I go to set up a dry / dropper, I somehow always find something else I'd rather have as my top fly...
     
  6. Mark Ritari

    Mark Ritari Trouthunter

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    i went to the carp flat i frequent and this time the water was very clear as opposed to the dirty water that was there the week before.

    when we got there around 4 pm there were tons of fish all around tailing. we each hooked up into a couple the first 5 min we were there. after that all the carp seemed to dissapear. it was weird, idk if they all got spooked because of the water clarity or if they just decide to move to deeper water later in the day.

    it seems easier for me to fish for them in the dirtier water because they will pretty much swim right up to you before spooking, as opposed to spooking about 10 yards away.
     
  7. SpeyrodMike

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    Yes i have read that article and i tried using some of those tactics and it just didn't seem to work. I'm positive that this pond doesn't clear up because it's connected through a canal to lake Tapps. It's great carp water though. There are reed begs all along the banks and even in the middle of the lake. I guess i'll have to experiment with some things to see if i can draw those carp up from the bottom.
     
  8. Aaron Banks

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    FYI

    Latest issue of NW FF near the end has a recipe for a fly named "Carp Candy" I couldn't grab an issue but it looked great and could be tied with other colors that have been found to be more productive (i.e. yellow).

    I'm near the snake and can't get to a lot of rivers this summer so I can't wait to start targeting this elusive species.

    A. Banks