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: Boston Metro West Carp on the Fly?

03-22-2011, 07:22 AM
Hi all -

I've read a lot over the years about carp on the fly, and I've even seen some huge ones hanging out below the dams on some of the rivers around here just west of Beantown. Of course those areas are effectively un-fishable (fenced off, etc.).

Has anyone on this board tried to catch carp on the fly around Boston? I'd love to hear about anyone's experiences. No specific details required -- I don't mind doing some learning on my own -- but some basic hints (type of water, flies, time of year) would be great.



03-22-2011, 07:27 AM
I have never fished for carp but the lower Mystic Lakes and Mystic River has some monsters in it. I've seen them cruising or sunning while running along the shore, they look like they're as large as 10-20 pounds.

03-22-2011, 01:56 PM
Juro -

Sounds like the same size I've seen out here on the Charles - real beasts.

Someone out there has got to have tried this around here????


03-23-2011, 07:04 AM
Yes I got into it last spring and while frustrating at times, it can be a blast. I sight fish for them on the flats surrounding the flooded metrowest rivers. They are spawning in April and like all spawning fish, food is not their #1 prioirty. They are surprisingly spooky although they can't see woth a damn. The few times when they are feeding you can look for muds and tails like bonefish. When they are feeding, you can get them with bonefish flies/big nymphs. Or you can go all redneck and get individual fish fired up on some wonder bread balls and then switch in the bread fly. Whatever you are throwing, you have to see them eat it. You will rarely feel a take because they move slowly and will spit your fly out as quickly as they vacum it up. My experience (spring only) has been that they will come check out your fly but spook if you strip it. It took me a long time and many frustrating trips to learn how to get them but you will figure it out if you put your time in.

03-23-2011, 07:08 AM
Thanks for the info!

I'm going to be doing some scouting next few weeks to find some good accessible areas on the Charles out here and see if I can pull it off come April ....