The flats were largely devoid of fish today, save for a few pockets of late spawners. Seems like it happened this way last year too. The flats filled up with carp during the spawn, then emptied out except for a few stragglers and late bloomers. Over the next few weeks, they should move back up in good numbers. Not sure why the brief post-spawn exodus. Maybe they're all just trying to avoid those awkward post-orgy encounters (But you said you'd call me later!). Maybe they all eased off to smoke a cigarette. Who knows.
At any rate, very few positive fish around. Got maybe a half-dozen legitimate shots at feeding fish. I managed to ruin most of those with ill-timed hook sets and sloppy boat handling. Finally landed a small one. This little guy was something to watch. He was in extremely shallow water and was absolutely hoggin' it up. The upper half of his body was well above the water line and I could see his gills flaring as he worked the mud. Sounded like a pig eye-ball deep in the trough. Can't remember ever actually hearing a fish feed like that. Dropped an MF'er about a foot in front him, and he swam right over to pick it up. Being a little short on beef and brawn, he caved to the spring of the 5wt quickly. But he was a carp. Caught on a fly. And today that was enough.