Monday, December 30, 2013

One more..

I had to get out and chase down some shallow carp one last time before we close out the year..This will likely be the last trip considering tomorrow is it. I fished some areas I have not pounded in a about two months.  There were good numbers of tailing fish up on every flat that was out of range. A few fish came with in 60-70' but it's tough to bomb casts out like that on real skinny water, with out blowing out the fish in closer that you can't see. As the day went on I was able to get some good shots with in 25-30' and fed three. The fish in this water shed are long and lean and motor once they get stuck. They always look the same year round. Crayfish are all over the shallows and they jump dark dad flies.  It was a nice way to close out the year and I will be taking a rest from Carpin the next month or so since my favorite tail water steelhead rivers open on the 1st and I didn't take advantage of some good fishing last year.

I can NEVER get close enough or have the right glass to get
a good clean shot of Kingfishers. They seem to keep that 100' barrier!


testflycarpin said...

Wow, that first one is a hog-Johnson in your parts isn't it!

I managed to get out for some last minute end of year carpin myself today. Sure feels good to go out on a high note!

David McKenzie said...

I would have been happy with three of any size as I don't pass up any shots in Dec and Jan.. Yeah that is a good fish for this time of year.

Juan said...

Crazy big carp! Hey, What weight rod do you use when carp fishing? Do you think a 6wt is enough to handle a carp?

David McKenzie said...

J, the short awnser is yes. A 5 or 6 is fine and will whip a big fish in no time depending on the angler level and familiarity with there equipment. That being said not all 6wt rods and fisherman are equal. Different areas, fish and required presentation to feed a fly to your local fish will dictate the gear selection pretty quick if you put in some serious effort at it. There is a ton of variables in Fly fishing for Carp so my best advise is to get out there and see what works best for you and make changes according to your experience. Hope that helps

Gregg said...

Your photography and year round fishing amazes me. Living in California-I could do it. J, I have an Echo Ion 6 wt. with a a fighting butt, HIGHLY recommended by me. my other carp rods are also 6 and a 5 wt.