So now I have a box of flies tied by guys like Barry Reynolds, Pat Cohen, Jean-Paul Lipton (Roughfisher), McTage hisself, and several other hard-core carpheads. Serious business.
I thought briefly about not fishing them. Thought I might just put them in a nice box and keep them on my fly tying desk. That of course is stupid. These flies are meant to be in the water, catching carp. And so they were today, these offerings, gathered from all over the country and placed together in a beat-up old Cabela's box, and canoe-delivered to a few north Georgia carp on my local mud flats.
Eventually these fish will see all of the flies. But today it was just one - Roughfisher's fly - Carp Crack. This fly is a little larger and heavier than ones I normally use. My local carp are ultra-neurotic and usually won't put up with large and/or heavy flies plopping down in their midst, so I was interested to see how they would respond to Carp Crack. Several responded just fine -
Nailed five nice carp with this fly. I did find that it began to spook fish as I moved into extremely shallow water. All of the carp I took with Carp Crack were in deeper water and had a nice cushion of several inches of water over their heads. For the most part, they tolerated the extra commotion this heavier fly made when it landed. Interestingly, a couple of these fish turned away from the fly on impact, only to circle back around and pick it up.
Not so much with carp in the shallowest edges of the flats. These fish had no such cushion and bolted every time the fly hit. For these fish, I went with the Mean Old Dirty Frisco. I really like the way this lighter, smaller fly works in skinny water. It picked up seven more fish to give me an even dozen for the day -
The carp around here have apparently been eating well. Every fish I caught today was thick-bodied and heavy.
Lots of fish up on the flats today. A few were suspiciously engaged in what I suspect is pre-spawn behavior. With the unusually mild winter we've had here, I think we'll see the spawn in March rather than the usual mid-April.