Carp on the Fly Must Haves!

This is just a short post to list some of things I won’t leave home without when hitting the water.

#1) Polarized Sun Glasses.  If you fish without polarized glasses you are putting yourself at a severe disatvantage.  I’d rather drive home and get my glasses than fish without

#2) Finger Stripping Guard .  Personally I can’t stand to fish without my lycra finger guard.  Though lycra isn’t the best material it will work until I can find a Kevlar or similar super fabric to take its place.  Not only does the finger guard protect ones finger from abrasion and burns  but In my opinion allows one to fish better.  I find I have  increased sensitivity and can get a steadier slow strip when using one.  Where I fish, the mud will eat through my stainless steal rod guides in a single season of fishing, but even if you fish crystal clear water, I would highly recommend trying a finger guard, even if its just a cloth band aid (which won’t stay on too long), or a cheap little pair of stretchy freezer gloves from the gas station(will burn through on a good run).

#3) My Rod with Fuji SiC rod guides. As stated above, the mud in the lower Missouri river will eat through stainless in a single season.  I had to put my Sage on the shelf and make a rod with Fuji SiC guides.  Not only are the guides mud/silt resistant but they are highly terminal loop friendly.  With my old Sage I had to be careful not to get my end loop or leader to line knot into the guides making Landing large thrashing carp almost impossible to land from a kayak.  With the SiC guides the loop or knot goes in and out the tip smooth as glass, a huge advantage for me.

 

Old Sage One Month After New Guides

Old Sage One Month After New Guides

 

Fuji Sic Guides

Fuji Sic Guides

Fuji Sic Guides

Fuji Sic Guides

Fuji Sic Guides

Fuji Sic Guides

 

#4) ? I think this would have to be Weedless Rough Dub Crayfish flies

 

Carp fly crayfish

#5) Some Balck Ops flies

 

Carp fly on saltwater hook


#5.5) 20 lb Tippet.  Too extreme for most, I can’t afford to play around with the fish, anything less than 20lb and I get burned.  Plus, there’s nothing worse than hooking the fish of a lifetime and having it break off because you couldn’t withstand the initial hook up and burst or keep the fish out of a downed tree…and then never knowing what the heck it was.

#6) My kayak, trolling motor, battery, and anchor. When it  comes to finding, approaching, and casting to carp, the yak is definitely the way to go for me.  I’d love to wade creeks, rivers, and mud flats but that’s hardly an option for me.

 

Fly fishing Kayak

 

#7)A Camera to document all the action.

 

That’s my short list of essential carp fishing gear.  Have something to add? Leave A Comment


3 Responses to 'Carp on the Fly Must Haves!'

  1. Gregg Martin says:

    Good stuff! I always wondered what the dirt, pollen and algea I clean off my lines doing to them, but now I better check the guides on my favorite TFO rods. I have seen nothing upon tooth brush and soap cleansing but now i’m off for a better look.

    Gregg

    • Hi Gregg, I’d guess you’re guides are doing just fine…Here on the lower Missouri the mud isn’t really mud but more like the finest sand you can imagine. I’ve spoke to Shop owners who’ve never seen anything like the guide wear I showed them, probably particular to my chosen area’s to fish. Was just over at http://lariverflyfishing.com. Cool site! I think we have an LA River of our own here in St.Louis…The River Des Peres, Commonly Know to be a sewer of sorts, but I’d bet money its probably one of St. Louis’s best Carp Resources…Something I will have to research further this year.

  2. Gregg Martin says:

    Great! And I found my guides were fine. A pal used to use a full sink exclusively in shallow crystal clear trout ponds here, darnest thing I ever saw as he stipped a tiny fly over the weeds fast and did real well. However, the lead (then) in the lines cut completely through the cheap snake guides of inexpensive rods. I know of LARiver and of Justin and Icthyomania, thus the River Des Peres. Sounds like places for me also.

    Gregg

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