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Never Say Never: Winter Carp and More…


Grass carp caught on the fly december 2012

Back in early December I made three trips to warm water discharges on the lower Missouri River.  The first trip was to the Labadie, MO power plant discharge.  Access is from boat launch 1 mile down river on the opposite side.  I made the trip in search of Hybrid Bass, but landed a number of Skipjack Herring and even a little largemouth.



Above is the view down river to the boat launch. Getting up and across river in a kayak is one hell of an adventure…add freezing weather and…well you get the idea.  Best to have a boat.


This is a Skipjack Herring.  This fish really seems to love a two handed fast as you can go retrieve.  The fly is back to you in about 3-4 seconds when your going really fast.  The fish will slash the fly repeatedly until you can set the hook, sometime bursting out of the water on the take.  I’ve heard these fish are excellent light tackle sport.  I enjoyed catching them even with my 8wt…


Oh yeah! This is the bad ass I came for.  This fish had me hootin and hollarin, man these fish are a blast!  Just wish I could find more of em in one spot.


Another nice skipjack




The next two trips were to Portage Des Sioux warm water outlet via Dresser Island boat launch.   Its a mile plus to the next portage over the rock wall into the Mississippi and then into the power plant outlet.

on the road again…


View of the plant from the launch site.


There was a lot of Grass carp action going on in the shallow mud flats, I only managed one fish this day…


Closer to the discharge the water was thick with Goldeye…I’ve never seen so many goldeye in one place!  I got hits on virtually every cast, getting a hook set was another mater all together.  Somehow, someway they are tough to hook….but 1 in 3 or 4 usually came to hand.




Oh yeah!  I love you Hybrid Bass….Tickle tickle.


Till next time!

P.S.  if you haven’t already , Check out the latest “all fly” issue of Carppro Magazine for my piece on Carp flies, and lots of other great topics all relating to carp on the fly!

April 1st 2012, The Dog Days of Spring.

Its the first of April and its 90 degrees plus and tomorrow is forecast for 95.  Does the weather seem a little strange to anyone else?  I finished of a morning adventure with a friend…set him up with a rod a line and some flies and we went out after some bluegill.  The fishing was in my book, quite poor.  After I dropped him off I squared away a little business and headed back out into the cooker.  The fishing was good.  I took fish on a number of flies but the most significant were a burnt orange split tail bugger? and a red marabou dragon.  I believe both took grass carp and commons but there were too many fish to count.

carp on a fly rod and flies

fly fishing for carp



Carpin March 31st The Day of The Mexican Standoff

I started out the day with a blind squirrel which took down a nice Grass Carp.

grass carp face


Then I moved on to a Mexican Standoff, the black and white one…

Up around the bend I saw a nice grass carp in the middle of a tiny “bay”.  I placed the fly within a foot and half of his head.  He swung and dove, I continued to stip and bang! Fish on.

It was hot and I’d already come from the creek but I decided to get back over there and move up instead of down  like I had in the morning…good decision!

I gave this little Mexican a workout taking three more Grass Carp and two Commons.  I even had a hefty Drum towards the end of the day, but he evaded being photographed.


common carp on a fly rod