From a stealth perspective, this position behind the carp is ideal since he is unlikely to detect you visually. Well, not right away. But it does present some problems casting-wise - mainly getting the fly in front of the carp without lining him. One option is get the fly forward and to the side of the fish, hoping he turns on it. Not a bad strategy and a workable option. The problem with this approach is that the leader still often lands very close to the carp. Carp don't like this. Another option is simply to move and give yourself another casting angle. But this often alerts the fish to your presence and is a less viable choice. Most times you're stuck making the cast right then and there where you stand.
|Now THAT's a side-arm curve.|
Anyway, most of my casts on this water are side-arm and oriented horizontally. Lifting the rod to vertical and waving it around is a great way to spook the hell out of some carp here. So it has to be a side-arm curve. This is a useful cast because done correctly, the fly is in front of the fish but the leader and fly line are well away from him.
Not too hard to pull this off. Basically make a side-arm cast and make the stop a little harder than usual on the forward cast to the kick the leader over to the left (assuming a right-hand caster). Takes some practice, but it doesn't take long to get a feel for it. I've been practicing it quite a bit and it's starting to pay some dividends. Nailed a couple of fish yesterday with it, including the one at the top of the page.
|Keep the rod as horizontal as possible to make the line kick over.|
Here the line has kicked hard to the target. The fly line is kinda hard to see in grass, but you should be able to pick it up inside of those red lines I added.
Same cast at another angle, red lines again marking the path of line and leader. You can barely make out the fly line just below the top red line. The fly is that bit of orange near the bottom of the plate.