Archive for April 2011

Grass Carp Galore

It was a beautiful day…my big mistake was to head upstream before going downstream.  By the time I found all the big active fish it was 2:30 or 3:00 and I knew my day was going to be over way way way too soon.  As I rounded the bend….I could see the Carp lined up on the grassy bank…munching on grass.  No Joke…most of these fish were 3.5 -4 ft long.  Quality fish.  I parked the kayak well back, my earlier experience up the creek told me not to play around trying to get anywhere near them, of course I probably parked a little too far away.  To make things worse…the wind had really started to kick up…but I did my best and managed too hook a 2 footer…”A 2 footer !!!!! what the heck”  I said too myself, “that’s got to be the smallest fish over there!” but i did get him on the Stealth Bomber….so now i know that fly will produce.  I could see massive fish everywhere, so i tied on a Craw Bugger and Managed to hook a big one.  As I struggled to up anchor with one hand and one foot the fish managed to free himself.  Shoulda just played im.  As i moved down the Creek, I was stunned at the  number and size of the fish I was seeing.  I contemplated hooking up with some 4-5 ft gar, but common sense got the best of me and I moved on down the creek to the now flooded carp backwater.  The fishing was great in the back water.  All I had to do was slap the surface with the fly and fish would appear out of nowhere, despite that, I only Landed two fish there, more time and overhead sunlight without the gusty wind would have helped. Despite being somewhat off my game, I had a pretty good day.  Its pretty cool to be on the water fishing with 4 and 5ft fish all around.  Work saturday…Sunday?   here’s some images

 

My First Gyotaku!

I saw this about a week or two ago and now its on!  I must say however it was quite awkward keeping a fish…its been years and years since i kept a fish.  I’m going to have to eat the fish I do keep so I made sure to use non toxic water soluble ink.  Let me know what you think…I’m personally pretty stoked.

Gyotaku fish print

What a Monster!

of course the eye needs to be painted in and I could add color if I wanted, but for my first try, I’m pleased with the results.

 

Grass Carp a.k.a. Freshwater Tarpon on the Prowl.

Its the first week of April and the surface water in the creek is 55 F.  Things were really starting to cook about a week ago before the early spring cold snap hit.  After a week of feverishly trying to get my web pages in order, i decided to take a little time and see how things were going back down at the “creek”.   After all, things are starting to warm back up with highs around 70.  A couple more days like this or a good warm rain and we will be cookin once again!  In the mean time, the grassies have begun  to show up.  I probably saw 15-25 different fish. I started by throwing a weedless line tailed nymph.  I got some follows but mostly i was ignored.  The grassies can be very picky,  often if the fly is a little too noisy or large, or the wrong color, they will either spook immediately, ignore your fly, or follow the fly all the way back to you.  Following is their way of figuring out whats going on, and they are good at it!  Despite the wary carp, I had a hunch that one of the little crayfish I tied up last night might do the trick.  Small, light, weedless, and strong, the crayfish has been carp fly numero uno, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a common carp or a grassy in your sights, the crayfish fly is hands down one of the best producing flies that I throw at carp.  You wouldn’t necessarily think it would be good for grass carp but it is.

a small crayfish fly is one of the best flies for grass carp and common carp

Cute little guy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

a weedless crayfish fly used for fly fishing to both grass carp and common carp

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After failing miserably with larger, heavier flies, and fish around me, i tied the craw on as a nice grassy cruised by me no more that 8 ft.  Typically after a close encounter like that the carp will slowly sink into the deep not to be seen again, but this one must not have seen me in my camo digs.  Just as he passed me i hurriedly flung the fly towards his head.  he moved to inspect and then did nothing.  A lot of the time you just can’t tell weather the fish has the fly or not, so at some point you say to yourself…he’s either got it or he doesn’t but im going to find out before its too late!  Having reached that point i tightened up.  Sure enough, carp on!  First grassy of 2011.  It still gets me all freaked out and hoped up on adrenaline whey i fish to these guys.  Symptoms include nausia, sore stomach, butterflies, shaking,  and occasional loud whooping and other yelling when a nice carp is hooked, played, and or released.

Fly fishing for grass carp

 

Grass Carp caught on a fly

 

 

 

Grass Carp in the mud.