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Fly fishing for Carp 2 years 1 month ago #1


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Well it was it wasn't out of the yak but I did catch this fun, line tugging carp today! With the water temps being cold and the majority of the state has most Fishing closed it's the perfect time to chase some carp! After doing a Facebook LIVE video walking through two kayaks for YakAngler I met up with my buddy Israel Dunn from Shoreboundhero.com. He is a great guide in Madison, WI!


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Fly fishing for Carp 2 years 1 month ago #2


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Well, if there's such a thing as a nice looking carp, that's a nice looking carp ! Great catch ! :rock:
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Re:Fly fishing for Carp 2 years 1 month ago #3


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Very nice!!! I hooked up with carp on a fly rod for the first time a couple years ago. It's a blast! People don't tend to like to fish for them because they're considered a "trash fish," but they are so much fun to catch. Especially from a kayak.

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I didn't know you can catch em on a fly rod. I'll have to agree :up:Fly2bTied wrote:
Well, if there's such a thing as a nice looking carp, that's a nice looking carp ! Great catch ! :rock:
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I didn't know you can catch em on a fly rod. I'll have to agree :up:Fly2bTied wrote:
Well, if there's such a thing as a nice looking carp, that's a nice looking carp ! Great catch ! :rock:
Definitely can be caught on a fly rod! Check out flies like the backstabber. It's one of my very favorites. :)

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I've been wanting to do this. I know in other parts of the state, people usually find them in large drainage ditches/canals. Would you say that's pretty typical? Just trying to get an idea where I may go try to find some locally.


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Nice! ok, out with it... what fly did you use?


hotbrass, I did a search for that fly and came up with a great youtube video on tying it! Very cool, I'll have a few of these in the crawfish color pattern in my box this year!

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@smj190 Nice one! What kind of fly did it take on?

@marsh_life You probably have carp water close by you. Golf courses usually have grass carp to control aquatic plants. You're correct on the ditches & canals, but also rivers, creeks, etc. I caught the one below from Papio Creek, Southeast Nebraska, that flows into the Missouri River. The forage the carp here like are aquatic worms. During the spring, San Juan worms in shades of red work. This one took a fl pink San Juan.

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Re:Fly fishing for Carp 2 years 1 month ago #9


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I've been wanting to do this. I know in other parts of the state, people usually find them in large drainage ditches/canals. Would you say that's pretty typical? Just trying to get an idea where I may go try to find some locally.


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Yeah, drainage ditches, water retention ponds are popular places for them. We have them in almost all body of waters up here.


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Re:Fly fishing for Carp 2 years 1 month ago #10


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Nice! ok, out with it... what fly did you use?


hotbrass, I did a search for that fly and came up with a great youtube video on tying it! Very cool, I'll have a few of these in the crawfish color pattern in my box this year!


Haha! Never meant to keep it a secret! It was on a carp tickler but have caught them on a San Juan worm, little crawfish patterns, and nymphs. My buddy has caught them on berry flies that he ties. The trick is to figure out what they are feeding on. It changes almost daily though....


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