It is really interesting to read this thread. I have been Carp fishing since I was 20, so that's 36 years worth and have found them to be just as much of a challebge as trout. In fact every fish I go for is a challenge, from Pike to walleye and trout to Carp or even better yet Channel Cat. Each species has it's own set of rules and if you can figure them out the better angler you become. To let you know Carp we first introduced as a food item for all the migrant rail workers who came from the far east to build the railroads. The Carp were kept in ponds but during the spring time floods they managed to escape and creep into just about every water system in North America. As for the taste not as good as walleye or salmon but if prepared right they are pretty good. Just a sample of the fishing I do. So Top if you have any question about Carp fishing I would be happy to answer them for you, no pun intended or making fun but you have to experience a 40 lb fish on 8 lb tippet.