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: Lunch time carping

John Desjardins
08-12-2003, 12:37 PM
I have a pond near my office that frustrates me to no end. Regularly I see carp that are > 2' long there. The locations where I see the fish, and can cast, though are not where they feed. I've found the feeding areas and normally they are unfishable with a flyrod unless one is prepared to wade through mudbar made of contaminated sediment. For a couple of years the sight of those fish so close yet uncatchable has been a source of frustration.

Today was the exception to the rule. The recent rains have raised the water level so that the carp are able to swim over the mudbar into the inlet of the pond. When I checked there at lunchtime today I saw this and the carp feeding on the vegetation/scum floating in an eddy.

After a quick run to the car to get the rod I started to attempt to entice a carp feeding on the surface scum using an olive wooly bugger that was already on the line. There was no way to figure out where their lips would appear through the scum so this was not successfull. Then a carp moved into a position ~ 5 feet away from me and started feeding on the bottom. Pulling in the line until only a couple of feet of line extended beyon the tip I dropped the fly in front of it and then gave it a couple of bounces when the fish hit. I put pressure on as he took off and my frustration continued as a bad knot broke. No other fish were interested after that. :(

08-12-2003, 12:50 PM
Way to go John! At least you had the excitement of getting the fish to actually hit the fly, and that's half the battle. Besides, if the line didn't break you probably would have been late getting back to work and you'd have been covered with mud from trying to land and release the fish :devil:


08-12-2003, 02:52 PM
Better story than what I did for lunch today :D

08-12-2003, 06:12 PM
Excellent! :smokin:

09-05-2003, 01:25 PM
This looks like an old post but I had to respond. I too spend a lot of time fly fishing for carp at lunch, on the way home from work and after my son goes to bed. It is hard to ignore 20-30 inch fish that are difficult to catch.

I just got back from getting snubbed by a dozen carp in the creek that is my current honey hole. "just one more cast" made me 20 minutes late getting back to the office. I have caught fish in that spot up to 22 inches in the recent past but they are on to me now and I have gotten refusals and spooked fish the last couple of times.

Bonefish style flies work great, wooly buggers are a good choice and depending on the season there are usually some veggie flies that work (cottonwood seed or elm seeds are two favorites of mine)

To any that have ingored this supreme urban fly fishing opportunity, put your prejudice aside and start getting skunked. Carp are difficult to catch but if you stick to it the rewards are great. They are beautiful fish too.

Oh, the person who mentioned getting showered in mud trying to land a big carp... exactly right, I have showed up to my son's daycare stinking of pond scum and covered in mud. It is hard to hide clandestine fishing in that case.


John Desjardins
09-05-2003, 01:47 PM
Funny that this thread should resurface today. At lunch I checked this pond again and found that the recent rains made the pond level rise to where I could cast at feeding fish. It would have been my first legitimate shot at them since the first post. Then the ducks swam onto the flat and dispersed the carp while I rigged up. :mad:

Tony welcome to the forum and thankyou for the tips.

09-05-2003, 02:56 PM
Thanks, I like sites like this because it concentrates people with the same madness that I have.

Keep trying those same fish. I have found that one of the best tricks is just keeping at it. Some days they will almost fight over the right fly, other days you just get to look at them as they zoom away.

I tend to tie in some bead chain eyes or even dumbell eyes so the fly has some weight and drops hook up.

Good luck, let me know how it goes. I have a killer pattern right now that has taken a dozen fish in the past couple of weeks.