That rumble you hear in the distance is the burgeoning growth of Carp Nation. Lots of good stuff going on out there. To wit:
There are a couple of noteworthy conversations going on right now in the Flyslingerz forum over at CarpPro.net: One is the thread “The Perfect Fly”, started by the Carpfather himself, Barry Reynolds. After reading through the comments several times, I’ve concluded that it’s a borderline miracle that we’re able to catch these fish at all.
The other is in the thread "What are normal carp, normal water, and normal strategies" by Jim Pankiewicz (more famously known as Mr. P. - see below). This thread is just getting cranked up and should be very interesting.
(By the way, you’ll need to join the forum to see the threads, but you should do this anyway if you’re at all interested in carping. That place is a gold mine of info. Just click on the "Forum" button at the top left of the page and sign up.)
Speaking of CarpPro, Gregg Martin, chief practitioner of the dark art of carping with “Gregg’s Eggs”, was recently in the spotlight on their Personal Tails podcast. Great stuff in Gregg’s feature and definitely worth a listen.
And speaking of Personal Tails, Erin Block over at Mysteries Internal was also featured recently. Really cool to hear Erin do a reading of her work.
No need to join anything to hear these podcasts. You can find them here.
We'll stay on the CarpPro theme to somewhat belatedly pass on the news that John Montana and Trevor "Shin Guards are for Sissies" Tanner have been selected to the Carp Pro pro staff. Congrats to those guys!
And finally, if you've ever wondered all the fuss is about carp, go check out the video Mr. P posted on his blog. Speaks for itself.