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TonyCarpBoy 09-05-2003 01:36 PM

Urban fly fishing - new sport
In the past couple of years I have changed my attitude about urban fishing. I used to think of it as a poor second choice when one could not get out on a good lake or a pristine trout stream.

I now fish almost exclusively in small urban waters and my life is better for it. I scout like a madman, looking for waters that everyone assumes are dead. It is amazing how much good fly water there is in our urban and suburban areas here in Minneapolis. Almost any stream that runs into a lake or bigger river has fish in it, you just have to look.

I have found a lot of classic riffle-run-pool stream fishing for carp, suckers, walleye, northern pike, creek chubs, sunfish, crappie. I have been especially happy with the amount of carp fishing I have found. This summer I have taken at least 50 carp on the fly, many over 20 inches and one very nice 27 inch fish that is my largest fish by weight, any method.

Techniques are exactly the same as most of the trout and warmwater stream fishing I did up until now.


Dble Haul 09-05-2003 02:22 PM

Tony- I agree with your assertion that some excellent fishing can be had right under people's nose. I'm glad to hear of your success.

Welcome to the forum...we look forward to your participation. :)

TonyCarpBoy 09-05-2003 03:03 PM

Thanks for the welcome.

What kind of fish do you catch near your house?

I had a bluegill jump a foot out of the water yesterday in a small stream on my way home from work, but I think the longrod had some part in that.


Dble Haul 09-05-2003 03:19 PM

I live in suburbia, and only a short hop from the lower CT River (below Hartford). This means I can get anything from large and smallmouth bass, pike, panfish, and depending on the season, stripers and shad.

There are also a few quarry ponds that are just a mile away, loaded with largemouth, big bluegills, and carp.

Now you know why I agreed with you!

TonyCarpBoy 09-08-2003 07:25 AM

Very nice, it sounds alot like here.

Last night I was catching 3" green sunfish for my aquarium with a size 20 wire nymph and an 18" inch carp decided it looked good to eat. You could barely see the thing in its mouth. Nice surprise, thought I was snagged until the 'snag' peeled off 20 yards of line.


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