Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trip Report - Carp Flats are heating up - 4/14


The day started with this nice grassie, followed by a dozen or so small commons in the 4-5 lb range. All came on an unweighted #12 PT. These fish will absolutely not tolerate any large and/or weighted flies right now. They'll spook if the fly hits the water with anything but the lightest "plip". So a small pheasant-tail nymph on a 12 foot 2X leader was the ticket to hook-ups. Otherwise, it was spook city.

6 comments:

McTage said...

12 or so carp on a size 12 with a 12 ft leader. Sounds like your lucky number..get a lotto ticket and a box of donuts pronto!

Sounds tough. Do they loosen up a little later in the season on your flats?

Ty said...

If anything they get tougher. Water levels drop and water clarity increases. So far early in the year is the time to get them with the bigger stuff. A few weeks ago I was catching them on your headstand worm. That same fly won't work now. Have to go smaller and lighter and extend the leader out to 12 feet or so. The good news is that if you make an accurate cast with this set-up, you'll probably get a take.

McTage said...

Great info Ty...thanks. I think it may help me on one local lake I found recently that sounds freakishly like what you describe.

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