Old red eye and a carp

Buzzy

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@Engee wanted to wet a line and see if he could fool a carp. Getting hot in the Columbia Basin - carping time. I was hoping the carp were done with spawn and would be actively feeding. While Engee focused on carp, I put an airlock indicator 6-feet from my fly and cast to some structure. Caught a small smallmouth that regurgitated a partially digested crawfish. A bit later his other ate a peacock herl body woolly worm.
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Hope "hero shot" haters aren't offended. Engee didn't hold the fish out to make it look bigger, just having it next to him makes the fish look big. The fish ate a traditional tied woolly worm and took off for Goose Island and into backing (Engee had a loose drag).

It seemed the tules where we would normally see lots of splashing and thrashing with spawning carp were mostly quiet; void of activity. The spawn is mostly done. It's only going to get better for carping. Speaking of carping, sure a lot of it on the hero shots thread.
 
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I got into a huge amount of tailing carp on upper lake Roosevelt Sunday while stalking pike. So many eaters I finally had to clip my wire leader off and tie a carp fly on! Hooked and landed a good one about 25 pounds. Broke my leader as I was trying to get it positioned for a photo.
It's getting to the time of year I switch to bass and carp, mostly. Musky still have a schedule in my summer, always.
 

VanAllen

www.riverforged.com
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Great post! Love that shot with the carp. Nice fish! Caught my first carp on a fly last week...and it was a mirror carp! Feelin lucky. I am suddenly more excited about chasing those right now than I am trout. (wow did i really just say that?). This new-found craving is completely unexpected. Can't wait to get back out there, hopefully this weekend.

*edit* the arm extension is more-so for showing off the awesome scales on this specimen than trying to make a small carp look big. Planning to do a painting based on this one. Hopefully I'll get more reference next time out!

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Buzzy

Active Member
#6
Great post! Love that shot with the carp. Nice fish! Caught my first carp on a fly last week...and it was a mirror carp! Feelin lucky. I am suddenly more excited about chasing those right now than I am trout. (wow did i really just say that?). This new-found craving is completely unexpected. Can't wait to get back out there, hopefully this weekend.

*edit* the arm extension is more-so for showing off the awesome scales on this specimen than trying to make a small carp look big. Planning to do a painting based on this one. Hopefully I'll get more reference next time out!

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