....and darn near spooled me. This dude had some starch in his shorts and just about scorched the reel off of that 5 weight. Nice.
Several significant rain events over the past couple of weeks have recharged the flats with a few inches of fresh water and the carp have moved back up in decent numbers, which seems to support the pattern theory I mentioned a couple of posts back. Water temps are in the seventies and the fish are clearly in the mood to eat. Took a few cruising commons like the one above on an unweighted MF'er.
An added bonus to the rain is that several stretches of the flats are again underwater after being high and dry for much of late summer. Quite a bit of foliage filled in during the dry spell and all of that greenery is now submerged. Grass carp like that. The grassies have nosed up into all of this suddenly available forage like hogs at a trough. They're tough though. Even more so than usual. Grassies are near impossible to take on a fly when they have plenty of readily available green stuff to feed on. At least around here. They beat me down like a rented mule and seemed glad to do it.