section of the WarmWaterFlyFisher, "Carp Hunters" will
be dedicated to the pursuit of fly fishing for carp. Carp a game
fish you say. Let's see what some other noted fly fishers have said.
my opinion, carp are a supreme fly-rod challenge, equal to or
excelling selective trout, bonefish, or permit in difficulty to
take on a fir. To he successful hooking carp on flies one must
be very skilled at fly selection, casting, presentation, and fighting
fish. Over the last two years, my two best destination flyfishing
trips have been to the pristine carping flats of Lake Michigan,
where my wife Emily and I joined George von Schrader (author of
Carp are Gamefish, Too) to pole for golden-clad monsters that
averaged twenty pounds. When one of these big guys grabs your
fly, it speeds off on several 200-yard or longer dashes (we even
had to follow some of them with the boat) and gives an incredible
battle for twenty or thirty minutes on seven- and eight- weight
tackle. They tested us, they fascinated us, they amazed us, and
they thrilled us"
..Dave Whitlock from the Forward
of Carp on the Fly A Fly Fishing Guide
their on, they are like bonefish on steroids. Their fight is unmatched
in freshwater. They are one of the top fly rod challenges.
Flip Pallot while fish with Dave Whitlock on Lake Michigan fly
fishing for carp.
say that bone fish are a more of a game fishing and different
more mature anglers will remember back to the forties and fifties,
when fishing for in-shore saltwater fish with light tackle and
fly rods was first becoming a popular sport. Those anglers may
also remember that writers of the time wrote disparagingly about
a noisome, useless fish that they casually referred to as the
Today, we call them bonefish and anglers speak of them with religious
fervor. Brad and I are hopeful that if bonefish can beat their
bad press, perhaps carp can, too. And when you think about it
for a moment, there are some interesting parallels between carp
are usually bottom feeders.
feed heavily on shellfish.
are schooling fish.
tail when feeding in shallow water.
are wary and frighten easily.
usually aren't eaten and are caught and released.
require similar tactical approaches.
Anglers didn't appreciate the wonderful sport offered by bonefish
until they understood the fish. Perhaps, in the case of carp,
lack of understanding is a significant factor in the way anglers
fell about them..
" from Carp on the Fly A Fly Fishing
One of my personal goals is to make a trip to the Green Bay Wisconsin
area to fly fish for carp in Lake Michigan, to go on the Susquehanna
River with Bob Clouser and Mike O'Brien for the Susquehanna bone
fish and to enter in the Big Lips International competition on
the Big Horn River. I will not be doing it this year, but I will
be making plans for 2007.
would love to read about and put up on the web site your experiences.
Listed below are some of the section's goals.
as a resource for carp fly fishing
flies, equipment, books and videos for carp
stories, tips, and techniques about carp fly fishing