One part of me wants to be going after Stripers and the other can't let the Carp go just yet. Every year about this time, the Carp on the moving such as my local creeks and rivers start acting wierd. I don't know if it's becouse Ive been chasing them all summer but I'm more inclined to think it's more of a natrual behavior. They become really spooky with short sporadic feeding windows. They become very tough to feed a fly too with any consistancy. I had some well thought out and placed flies on very repectable fish only to have them freak out and bolt. Just the sight of the bug! Not sure what that's all about. After 4 hours of frustration I went and checked some reservoir fish since I dedicated the day to Carp and they had done a 180 and were shallow and to be what I think are targeting there second spawn fry. Fish here always have a second spawn in mid August. Those fry are free swimmers now and the fish are on another post spawn chew and have come out of there dog days of summer funk. I was able to pop three nice fish in three hours effort. Not a great day in some places but with the tough fishing we've had I considered it a rewarding day.
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I did spend the first day of "fall" chasing Stripers. It just seemed appropriate and the fishing was quit good actually. Not much size but bent rods all day despite the Africa hot temps on the water. Looking forward to getting after them through out the fall and Winter months as the my Carpin winds down. Next week i'm off for Smallies, Bows and Browns in the Sierra's for week. Should be a nice change of pace and cooler weather.
Like you commented the other day, our carp are brothers from other mothers lately. Anything not small, nymphy and discrete is apparently terrifying around here for the past three weeks.
Yeah man, I might have to give those soft hacke bugs a shot. That might do the trick. It's frustrating but at the same time it's why we fish for them. If they were easy it wouldn't be so dam fun!
Hi David, Here in Spain, carps are difficult to catch after this month as well... summer finish, and most days we have rain and cold...
Good job nevertheless. Since people mention their throw of choice I'd use an egg, only because their consistent for me.
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