HOLY! its been a while…sorry about that people! Its been a summer filled with beers, floats, parties, swimming amongst other things…. what can i say a guys been busy!
Aside from not posting on here, I’ve been fishing…a lot. When all the rivers got too low to fish for trout, We decided to go give something new a try…time to go Carpin!
Jordan and i decided it would be fun/challenging to go give these guys a try. This was a first time for both of us so we didn’t know what to expect. We Loaded up our gear, got some food and headed out to the closest spot to go fishing for carp, which is two hours away on the Missouri River.
The tools of the trade (i think)
We geared up, not really knowing what to expect. I decided to throw a crayfish imitation, while Jordan put something between a leech and a worm on…It was time to go test the water (literally).
Fresh water flats fishing
I have yet to go try any kind of saltwater fly fishing…its definitely on the bucket list. That being said, if you want a cheap, challenging and fun way to come as close to saltwater flats fishing, i suggest you go try “freshwater flats” fishing for these guys.
The first night we went “scouting” the flats of Canyon ferry Reservoir looking for fish “Tailing” like a bone fish would be. We ended up running into fish, hooked into a couple bug nothing to hand. We realized what we where actually in for. If i learned anything from fly fishing for carp its this:
1: You have to be a Ninja to catch these fish
If you think that you can tromp up on a feeding carp, cast to him a dozen times and hook into one you are wrong. We would get 30 to 40 feet away from some of these fish, and they would spook, creating a wake big enough to surf on. One to three Pin point casts and Ninja like stealth is the name of the game.
2. Patience, Patience, Patience
Being mostly a trout fisherman, you can almost always find the Mountain Whitefish to eat a red copper john if Johnny Trout isn’t hungry. With carp though, you have to be patient. You will spook fish just getting line out of your reel to cast. You will get frustrated, and you may or may not flip off and curse at a fish (or multiple fish)that you hook into. I know i did.
If your can do these two things, your chances on catching one on the fly are greatly increased.
The next morning, i woke up before Jordan to go explore some back sloughs of the Mo’. after a couple miss fires, i hooked into this guy, and to say it was awesome is a understatement.
First carp on the fly
Not long after, i called Jordan, telling him to get his ass outa bed and come catch some fish! About an hour later, He was holding his first carp on the fly as well!
Back out on the flats, Jordan hooked into this awesome mirror carp!
Muddy big gut
Carp fishing might be the hardest, most frustrating fishing i have ever done, but the reward is worth every ounce of frustration. I really wish there were carp closer to home, because i wanna go hike muddy waters and back slough, looking for tailing carp. You can bet i will be back doing at this soon enough.