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: Fly Fisng for Carp

11-23-2000, 07:14 AM

Sorry if I've put this in the wrong place, but you mentioned Fly Fishing for Carp in your message last week (in reponse to my request for info about saltwater fly fishing in Delaware). Is this available in Delaware and what kind of flies do you use?


11-23-2000, 12:43 PM

The only time that I ever caught carp on the fly was in central Maine. I was walking down to a nice stream when a crew of flyfishers came up the hill. These guys and gals were in a frustrated frenzy over the "huge brown trout" in the fast moving, shallow riffles in this little feeder stream.

I felt a healthy shot of adrenaline when I reached the stream at hand and saw 20 or so big fish cruising between 2 large pools of water. I tied on a wooly-bugger and tried to stir up some fish. A few casts later one of the fish decided to swim within 2 feet of me and I noticed that the fish was a carp. I fished the wooly-bugger on dead bottom and caught a few carp.

So, I have caught a carp on a wooly-bugger. That is all that I can tell you. I would look on the web for any fly shops in the area that you are headed (maybe check with the Chamber of Commerce in the area) and ask the shop owners what flies to use.

Good Luck.

-Mike D

11-24-2000, 11:33 AM
I lived in Maryland for a couple of years and used to fish right below the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River. I saw lots of guys fly fishing for carp below the dam. I think they were chumming with corn and using corn flies (not kidding!) I'm sure there are stripers there too. Good luck!


11-25-2000, 12:08 PM
Anyone catch Walkers Cay Chronicles this morning on ESPN2? Lefty and Flip site fishing for carp on the Susquehanna.

Fred A.

11-27-2000, 06:49 AM
I'm not sure about Delaware, but I imagine the fishing opportunities for carp should be similar to Maryland. In addition to the rivers, many of the area's reservoirs have very good opportunities for sight-fishing for carp. Look for the ends of the valleys that were flooded when the reservoir was made. These areas are now shallow coves. Carp come up into these coves to feed. You can either fish for these carp from a boat or from shore, but if you fish from shore be careful since the bottoms are often very soft. In these situations I've done well with small beadhead nymphs. Cast to sighted fish just as you would if you were fishing for bonefish. You'll have to experiment with how close you can cast to a fish -- on some days the fish will pounce on anything that moves, other days they are very spooky. Same goes with tippet. I've done best with 6 lb tippet. I've never seen anyone sight-fishing for carp in the reservoirs, so if you find a good location that holds fish you should have it all to yourself. These coves are usually protected from wind, so I usually use a 6 wt rod.

Re: chumming and flyfishing... what's the use? Why not just baitfish? Even worse, if the carp are available for sight-fishing, why do those guys have to chum them? Kind of takes the sport out of it?