Archive for June 2012

Early June

 

Fly caught small mouth buffalo

 

The last week has been busy.  I’ve spent a good deal of time fishing and exploring accessible Missouri river opportunities, even getting the yak out on the big river.   I’ve also tried a new spot on the lower Meramec and made my way out to the Mississippi.  The big rivers are just incredible places to be!  All in all fishing has been just average, with a good day on the creek this last weekend.  Backstabbers were the fly of choice early in the week, giving way to the trusted rough dub squirrel tail crayfish late in the week.  I even got a Small Mouth Buffalo!  Only the second of my life.

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Late May – Early June : Backstabbers are Key Warm Water Flies

Grass Carp on a Backstabber Carp Fly

 

big bass on a backstabber carp fly

 

Backstabber Carp fly variation

Time on the water has become much harder to come by these days, but I’ve been making it count by tying and testing a number of flies.  One of those flies is the  Backstabber Carp fly by Jay Zimmerman.   Believe it or not, this is a new fly for me but one I will surely be tying for years to come…Over the last week, I’ve taken numerous grass carp on the Backstabber, typically damsel green in color…heavily weighted with painted yellow lead eyes in size 4.  This pattern really stands out in that it takes all manner of fish from largemouth to drum and catfish, bluegill, hybrid bass etc and oh yeah, carp!  The fly often gets hammered by fish you didn’t even know where there!  If you’ve never had a subsurface hook up with a big grass carp, you don’t know what you’re missing.   Now, not every fish you throw to will be interested, but the ones that are hit like a ton of bricks.  I made it down to the Missouri main stream today after fishing the lake…the water was low as hell at 12ft on the St.Charles gauge, and the river was cruising by at about 10 mph .  There were carp and grass carp in the backwaters behind some of the wing walls but I made my way to the current side and started casting around.  Within a few minutes I briefly saw what looked like a grass carp sufrace feed just off the rip rap wall just in front of me in the strong current.  I still had the burnt orange backstabber on I’d just caught the above Bass with…I plunked it just to the side of where the fish had just fed.  Instantly the fish hit hard and was off into the current ripping line like nothing I have experienced.  All sorts of things ran though my mind; what the F was going on, was I going to be able to land this thing, was it even a grass carp or something much much larger, should i start running down the rip rap wall to keep up? ….At one point the fish was steady going like he had wrapped me around a submerged tree floating down stream, he actually may have briefly.  Just when the fish seemed to slow and I thought maybe I could make progress…fish off.  The fight of my life  only lasted maybe 15 seconds, turns out  something failed at the loop to loop leader to tippet connection.   My terminal seagar 20lb fluorocarbon  perfection loop appeared to be the culprit.  Its a new fluoro for me so I’m taking personal notes…The tippet took quite a bit of abuse over the last two days…probably explains it, or the submerged log I was afraid he had wrapped me on did it.  All in all it was a flippin awesome hook up while it lasted….truly incredible experience hooking up with a grass carp in deep strong current.  It was probably something akin to steelhead fishing.  Which is better, Big Bass or main stream Grass Carp? ….I’ll take another Grass Carp in the current thank you very much.   I’m already plotting my return!

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