"I hear you guys fly fish for carp. "
"Yep, we do."
"I'd kinda like to try it and was just wondering if you could give me a few tips. You know, get me pointed in the right direction."
"Sure. Be glad to."
"Great. And of course you'll have the good taste to never tell anyone that I asked about this. Ever."
So yeah, we've been getting quite a few questions about carp. More anglers seem to be taking an interest and when they find someone who actually does the thing, they latch on and try to glean every bit of advice and information possible. Can't blame them, I guess, because the truth is information on fly fishing for carp can be a bit tough to track down. As John Gierach said - there's no book called Selective Carp, no great carp guide down at the local fly shop to show you the ropes. Sure, there's a short "how to" paperback or two out there and the odd magazine article, but you're more or less on your own unless you know someone who is a carp angler.
Or a blogger. Some of the best information we've seen out there on fly fishing and carp is on blogs. There are three in particular that we follow and there's a reason for that. These three anglers have obviously fished for carp a lot. They provide a level of detail in their tips and techniques for chasing these great fish that you probably won't see anywhere else. We have fished for carp pretty hard these past couple of years but still learn something new just about every time one of these guys posts. We catch a few carp around here in Finewater territory, but these dudes catch CARP. Big gnarly thick-shouldered reel rattlers.
Here's a post from each of these blogs to get you started:
Fly Carpin' - Landing Carp on the Fly Rod
Carp on the Fly - You Gotta Make 'em Move
Colorado Fly Fishing Reports - 30 Tips to Make You a Better Carp Angler
If you're looking to get into the carp game, check 'em out. This is how it's done, folks.
(Disclaimer - We apologize that the author of this post used the word "gnarly". Mgmt.)