I have been casting to bubbles, tails, mud clouds and anything that looks fishy in the water for quite some time with no rewards and maybe a couple bites (and the bites could have been my imagination!). Finally, I got my first carp on the fly rod with a black and olive size 6 backstabber. I even found a new fishing spot. There is a country club in town, and by country club it is a bingo hall with a playground. The place has a pretty decent lake and they allow folks to fish from dawn to dusk. Of course, I stopped by there this morning on my way to work to give it a go. Carp were everywhere and this place is minutes from my house literally on my way to work. I spent an hour casting to every likely candidate with no luck. However, I snuck up on a couple carp in real shallow water rooting things off the bottom. I cast and droppped the backstabber right into the middle of them and one shot after it. I set the hook and held on! The carp was only 2.34lbs, but it fought hard. Now, when you fish before work you are not thinking, "hey, I may have to get dirty or wet." I had to land this thing and I couldn't just haul it up on shore and I was in my work clothes. Stupid. So I clamored down into the muddy water and landed my first carp. The fish was feisty enough to splash muddy water all over me and my shirt to get even. I got some weird looks when I got to work.
Thanks to all of you who blog about carp fly fishing. I have learned tons from people sharing their insight. Here are a couple that have helped me out:
I can't wait to land another one!